Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" Awaken, Film Version in the Works 


Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" series is getting a big-screen adaptation! There are three titles in the series, with a fourth one coming this Spring.

Variety is saying that Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick have acquired feature rights to the series.

A Wikipedia listing chronicles the series' evolution:

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein is the collective title of three novels co-written by Dean Koontz. Though technically of the mystery or thriller genres, the novels also feature the trappings of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

The first trilogy has been published: Prodigal Son, co-written with Kevin J. Anderson, was published in 2004; City of Night, co-written with Ed Gorman, was published in 2005; and Dead and Alive, written without a co-writer, was released on July 28, 2009. (At the same time that the final novel's authorship was confirmed, having previously been slated as by Dean Koontz & Ed Gorman, Koontz's 'collaborators' on the earlier novels were retrospectively removed as co-authors, and all new editions of the novels are credited as by Dean Koontz alone.)

The second trilogy will begin publication in May 2010 with Lost Souls, continuing with as-yet-untitled novels in May 2011 and May 2012.


As for the plot?:

The series is supposedly a modern updating of the mythology of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, although the similarities are mainly superficial. Set in present day New Orleans, the series follows the activities of Victor Frankenstein, now known as Helios, as he continues to create new life forms for his own purposes. Opposed to his activities are a pair of homicide detectives and Frankenstein's original monster, now known as Deucalion.

While the original Monster was made with parts from dead humans, Victor Frankenstein is now using modern technology to create more creatures, particularly synthetic biology. The new race he is making is constructed and designed from the bottom-up, and can be seen as bio androids, artificial humans made of flesh. Their knowledge and behavior is even based on programs downloaded directly into their brain, which appears to be an advanced wetware computer.


Interesting!

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"Vlad," the Dracula Film, Leaps Forward, Brad Pitt Producing 


Summit Entertainment, the home of "Twilight," wants to make another vampire movie! This time, it's called "Vlad," an action-oriented take on Dracula.

"Sons of Anarchy" actor, Charlie Hunnam, wrote the original script, and Scott Kosar is rewriting. Music video director Anthony Mandler is set to helm.

Brad Pitt, who starred in another vampire movie, "Interview with the Vampire," is producing along with Dede Gardner through their Plan B production.

First of, an action-oriented Dracula may not be bad, plus, Kosar is a veteran of the horror-thriller genre. I may not be impressed with his resume (he wrote 2003's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and 2005's "Amityville Horror" remake), but he also wrote "The Machinist," which I think was a well-made film starring Christian Bale.

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Barbara Walters Says Goodbye to Oscars! Her Annual Celebrity Interview Special is Ending! 


An Oscar tradition will soon close its curtains.

Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to her annual Oscar night celebrity interview special. This will be her last year for her ABC special. On "The View," Walters said, "ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that,'" Walters said.

Could it be that Walters is ending the special because ABC has announced the return of Oprah Winfrey's own Oscar special? We may never know, but this we know, Sandra Bullock and Mo'Nique will be some of the final guests of Walters.

She just can't go on with the show anymore, and feels "enough is enough."

Aw, I've always enjoyed watching Walters' show, just because yes, it's been a tradition.

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"Hurt Locker," "Hangover," "Up" Top ACE Eddie Awards 


The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have picked the best edited films of 2009. "The Hurt Locker," "The Hangover," and "Up" won feature film competitions at the 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards.

"The Hurt Locker" won the dramatic category, "The Hangover" won for comedy or musical, and "Up" for the best animated feature film. "The Cove" won for best edited documentary.

Here's the complete list of ACE Eddie winners (For complete list of nominees, click here):

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
“The Hurt Locker”
Bob Murawski & Chris Innis

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
“The Hangover”
Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Up”
Kevin Nolting

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY
“The Cove”
Geoffrey Richman

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION
30 Rock: “Apollo Apollo”
Ken Eluto, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
Breaking Bad: “ABQ”
Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
Dexter: “Remains to be Seen”
Louis Cioffi

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION
Grey Gardens
Alan Heim, A.C.E. & Lee Percy, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES
The Deadliest Catch: “Stay Focused or Die”
Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl

STUDENT EDITING COMPETITION
Andrew Hellesen, Chapman University

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
Avid

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Meryl Streep to Channel John Gielgud in "Arthur" Remake? 


As we told you back in December of 2008, British Comedian, Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), is developing a remake of "Arthur," the lovely 1981 classic starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud who won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the valet. (See "Remake Alert--'Arthur'")

Now, Roger Friedman from The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Meryl Streep is reportedly in talks to play Hobson, the valet character that Gielgud made famous.

Brand is going to play the title character, and writer Peter Baynham is penning the script based on the characters. But right now, there is no word yet on who's going to direct, or who will portray the character Liza Minnelli played in the original. Certainly not Lady Gaga!

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