I, Frankenstein Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
As a precursor to the panel of the day (The Hunger Games), Lionsgate used this opportunity to sneak in marketing for another one of their films. This one, coming out next year, is I, Frankenstein, which is just another take on the iconic Frankenstein. The panel promised new footage (or any footage really) and they delivered. On the panel was Stuart Beattie (director), Kevin Grevioux (graphic novel creator), Yvonne Strahovski (playing Terra), and Aaron Eckhart (playing Frankenstein).
Beattie made it clear that he didn’t want to have a bunch of cheap shoot-outs, car chases, and etc. Instead, he was aiming for something different/original. This seemed to be a theme at the Hall H panels, and I’m certainly all for originality, but actions speak louder than words.
They introduced a sizzle reel as “a taste” of what’s to come. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it also didn’t look horrible. My favorite part was seeing Frankenstein’s ginormous blades. I also liked seeing all the different characters, starting obviously with Frankenstein (Eckhart) and moving to Terra (the scientist) (Strahovski). With that being said, it was noticeably CGI-heavy.
Afterward, there was a short Q&A from the moderator and some fans. There, we found out more about Strahovski’s character. She is one of just two humans in the story. And although it seems easy for her to be a damsel in distress, Strahvoski characterized her otherwise, promising her to be a stronger character.
As for Frankenstein himself, Eckhart still looked the part. He talked a little about his training and even showed off his ripped biceps.
What I found most interesting was how much Mary Shelley’s novel influenced the movie. I, Frankenstein was described as the next chapter. Therefore, it’ll pick up right after the novel ended, but with a flash-forward to today. They obviously drew influence from the source material, but it’s not a direct adaptation.
I, Frankenstein took advantage of the large crowd in Hall H to present the first footage and give a quick insight into the film. Not a ton was revealed, but it still has the potential to continue the Frankenstein lore. It hits theaters early next year.
Director: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski
Release Date: January 24, 2014
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