After Shawn Levy departed the 20th Century untitled Frankenstein movie, reportedly due to budget issues, Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan was on board to direct as of the beginning of the month.
Now comes word that Daniel Radcliffe is interested in taking on the role of the Hunchback in the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein adaptation scribed by Chronicle writer Max Landis.
This iteration of the world’s most notorious and widely read Gothic novel is a ‘sci-fi take on this classic story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.’
A person familiar with the project told The Wrap that the focus for now is getting a finalized script – no word yet as to whether original screenwriter Landis is still involved or if McGuigan is looking for a rewrite.
However, Hunchback is described as ‘pathologically dirty and dressed in old clowns clothing.’
Fritz, a hunchback appears in the 1931 Universal film version of Mary Shelley’s novel and other Fritz-like characters (usually named Igor) have appeared in subsequent adaptations (Son of Frankenstein). He is hired by Henry Frankenstein to assist in his experiments to give life to a corpse.
Watch Dwight Frye who played the hunchbacked assistant in the aforementioned Universal’s adaptation.