Director Otto Bathurst’s indie One Big Picture has boarded BlackBox Multimedia and Stone Village TV’s series adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus). The three parties are co-producing the premium television series.

One Big Picture was co-founded by Otto Bathurst, multi-BAFTA award winning director of Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials, Black Mirror and Robin Hood, who is now confirmed to direct. Bradley McManus (Bodyguard of Lies) is on board to write the series.

The new version of the classic novel will “capture the nuanced behaviours and obsessions of a scientist exploring the fine thread between life and death in the context of the contemporary scientific discoveries of the last decade – and more significantly, following a year of global dependence on scientific invention and breakthrough.  The series will stay true to the original work and characters, which re-defined its genre, and remains entirely modern today.”

Scott Steindorff, Managing Partner at Stone Village TV says, “Frankenstein is my favourite book to understand life. It’s so timely and Otto and Bradley have created such a unique take on this adaptation”.

Giuliano Papadia, CEO and Creative Director of BlackBox Multimedia comments, “With Frankenstein, Mary Shelley dramatised difference in the most absolute way possible, embodied in Victor Frankenstein’s Creature. It is to the Creature we want to return, to the Creature not as a monster, but as a living body with a voice. Otto’s talent and One Big Picture’s expertise will further cement this adaption as a show that will entertain, inspire and move viewers around the world in equal measure.”

Otto Bathurst, Founder of One Big Picture and series director adds, “We are inspired by this opportunity to take a really deep dive into the original text and deliver the arrestingly relevant truth that Shelley has so powerfully embedded in this incredible story. To be able to deliver a modern and true version of this ever-more-pertinent tale is an undertaking that we are extremely excited by.”

Bathurst and One Big Picture have just directed and produced the forthcoming series Halo for Amblin Television, Showtime and Paramount +.

Stone Village TV is finishing production on Station Eleven for Paramount Television and HBO Max.

Bathurst and One Big Picture’s attachment was negotiated by Michael Schenkman at Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher, LLP, Scott Seidel at WME and Anthony Mestriner at Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

Jon Creamer

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