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Posts Tagged ‘Mary Shelley’

Sean Bean to Star in ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’

Sean Bean 200Sean Bean, an actor who has appeared in multiple book adaptations such as Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring movie and the Game of Thrones HBO series, will star in a new six-part crime show called The Frankenstein Chronicles.

Bean (pictured, via) will play the main protagonist, Inspector John Marlott. Production is set to take place in Northern Ireland starting in January. The story was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Follow this link to download a free digital copy of the book.

Here’s more from Deadline: “Set in 1827 London, the drama begins when Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel recruits Marlott after a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers. As Marlott stands on the water’s edge contemplating the arrests, he makes a shocking discovery: A corpse washed up on the shore is not what it seems at first glance. Instead, it’s a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The mutilated child-like body leaves an indelible impression on Marlott who is tasked by Peel with tracking the perpetrator of this heinous crime.”

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The British Library Hosts Exhibition on Gothic Storytelling

The British Library is hosting a display focused on gothic storytelling called “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.” It will run until January 20, 2015.

The United Kingdom’s “biggest ever Gothic exhibition” features 200 rare objects; some of these pieces shine the spotlight on works by writers Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Clive Barker. Visitors will see ”posters, books, film and even a vampire-slaying kit.”

We’ve embedded a video about this exhibit—what do you think? Click here to learn more about it. Follow this link to read an essay by Neil Gaiman entitled “My hero: Mary Shelley.”

Pemberley Digital & PBS Digital Studios to Create Web Series Based on ‘Frankenstein’

frankenstein-logo-465Pemberley Digital has partnered with PBS Digital Studios to adapt Mary Shelley’s beloved horror novel, Frankenstein, into a web series called “Frankenstein M.D.”

According to the PBS Digital Studios press release, the story follows ”Victoria Frankenstein is a Ph.D./MD student focused on a career as a research scientist. With her colleague Iggy DeLacey (based on the iconic character ‘Igor‘) and mentor, Dr. Waldman, the ambitious, daring genius is flipping the script and creating a new (self-titled) YouTube science show, explaining complex biological and medical concepts to a general audience. As Frankenstein pursues her boldest line of research yet, she makes a shocking series of discoveries that could potentially endanger not only her career, but her life and the lives of her friends.”

The cast includes Anne Lore playing VictoriaSteve Zaragoza playing IggyBrendan Bradley playing EliSarah Fletcher playing Rory, and Kevin Rock playing Dr. Waldman. The team plans to shoot twenty four episodes that will run between five to eight minutes long. The first three installments will be available for public viewing on the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel starting August 19th. The finale will air on Halloween later this year.

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Contemporary ‘Frankenstein’ Film in the Works

Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein will be adapted into a contemporary setting for the big screen.

According to Deadline, Craig Fernandez conceived the idea and wrote the script. Matt Tolmach will produce the film through his company, Matt Tolmach Productions.

A 1994 adaptation of Frankenstein starred Robert DeNiro as The Creature and Kenneth Branagh as his creator. If you were the casting director, who would you pick for those two roles? This GalleyCat contributor suggests Ralph Fiennes (who played an excellent Voldemort in Harry Potter) as The Creature and Alan Rickman (Harry Potter potions master) as Victor Frankenstein.

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Handwritten Frankenstein Draft on Display in England

The handwritten first draft of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein can currently be viewed in the “Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family” exhibition in Oxford. The show will travel to the New York Public Library next.

According to The Daily Mail, the exhibition will stay at Britain’s Bodleian Library until March 27, 2011. It includes materials from Mary’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley: his spy glass, baby-rattle, and a draft of the poem Ozymandias. It also features items from Mary’s philosopher parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Associate director Richard Ovenden offered this quote: “We are excited that the exhibition will travel to New York after closing in Oxford and enable even more people to learn about this extraordinary literary family.”