Friday, November 20, 2009

Jekyll and Hyde (2010)

What up boils and ghouls! I talked about this project a while back on Hauntcast, and wanted to give everyone a brief update. BD has a little more info regarding one of the upcoming J & H flicks coming our way in the next year or so.

Seems that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired domestic rights to Abel Ferrara's Jekyll and Hyde, starring Forest Whitaker and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Robert Louis Stevenson's story "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" will be contemporized and titled "Jekyll and Hyde." Whitaker will star as the kindly Dr. Jekyll, who is described as "a rich doctor of great generosity who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan," while Fiddy will star as Mr. Hyde who is, as all good monster kids know, "a sadistic murderer with a reputation that strikes fear in to the hearts of people throughout New York." Peter Utterson, Dr. Jekyll's lawyer and friend, investigates the mystery of who Hyde is and why he is the sole beneficiary of Jekyll's will.......

I am actually looking forward to this J & H project more than the Reeves one given that it is a modern update of the classic tale. J & H lends itself to a present-day retelling and while there have been numerous films over the years, the basic story of one person's struggle with his dark side always fascinates me. I especially love the classic versions from 1931

The Spencer Tracy/Ingrid Bergman version from 1941

and Hammer's classic and underrated The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)(a/k/a Jekyll's Inferno).

Heck, I am even a huge fan of 70's funky versions such as Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)

and Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) .

More ghoulish details as they come my way!

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