It’s being reported that 1019 Entertainment’s Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick are developing a modernized re-telling of the tale of Frankenstein based on the series of books by acclaimed author Dean Koontz.
The hope is that a new franchise can be born. It will be set in modern New Orleans, where a successful businessman has secretly created a super-human monster named Deucalion. A couple of detectives meet come face-to-face with the monster while investigating a murder one day, and when they investigate a little further, they are lead to a world of manufactured human beings.
Koontz’s first novel in the series is called Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, and was followed by two more books. It has also recently been adapted into a graphic novel format.
Here is a synopsis for his books.
Every city has secrets. But none as terrible as this. His name is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist whoâ€™s traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Detective Carson Oâ€™Connor is cool, cynical, and every bit as tough as she looks. Her partner Michael Maddison would back her up all the way to Hell itselfâ€“and that just may be where this case ends up. For the no-nonsense Oâ€™Connor is suddenly talking about an ages-old conspiracy, a near immortal race of beings, and killers that are moreâ€”and lessâ€”than human. Soon it will be clear that as crazy as she sounds, the truth is even more ominous. For their quarry isnâ€™t merely a homicidal maniacâ€”but his deranged maker.
Winter was strongly involved with 20th Century Fox before forming 1019 Entertainment with Botwick. He helped producer all three X-Men films, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine; they also produced both Fantastic Four movies, and the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth installments of the older Star Trek movies.