Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was born by the mind of Robert Louis Stevenson and first appeared to the public in 1886. Since then, numerous adaptations of the character have shown up in all forms of entertainment, and this is still going strong today.
It’s being reported that Dark Horse Entertainment and Skydance Productions are teaming up to develop a movie adaptation of the upcoming title from Dark Horse Comics, The Strange Case of Hyde. The comic is written by Cole Haddon, who will also be handling the screenplay.
Instead of using Hyde as a monster as he has been so many times in the past, the character will be something of an anti-hero in the comic and subsequent movie. The Strange Case of Hyde will still be set in the Victorian era, but this time it will be the scene of an exciting action and adventure story that sees Hyde battling a historical villain.
Here’s what Haddon had to say about the news:
Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite literary villains, but he hasn’t been given his due on the big screen for the better part of a century. I’m excited to be playing a part in restoring him to his proper place in the pantheon of movie monsters: at the top of the food chain.
The Strange Case of Hyde has yet to even hit comic book store shelves, but it is expected to be presented for the first time by Dark Horse at Comic Con this week.
[Source: Heat Vision]
That above doesn’t make any sense. If he’s supposed to be the top of the food chain monster then why have him be a (anti)hero fighting a historical villian. That already happened in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Besides Hyde was Bad ass in the BBC series Hyde. He was also the main villian in the animated feature the London Assignment a prequel to Van Helsing where he also just happened to appear.
Comment by korollocke — July 21, 2010 @ 5:48 pm
Krollocke means the BBC series Jekyll, not Hyde. And while it’s technically not the big screen, Cole Haddon may want to give it a look before claiming that the character hasn’t been given his proper place. I’ve seen Mr. Haddon’s IMDB page… I think I’m gonna stick with Steven Moffat on this one.
Comment by Sean Coffee — July 22, 2010 @ 2:07 pm