Abel Ferrara, possibly still stinging from Werner Herzog putting him down after taking on Bad Lieutenant, has decided to launch his own version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Ferrara’s version will be called Jekyll and Hyde.
His reading will also feature Forest Whitaker and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson at the lead characters.
I can’t quite imagine why he would want to do this but, given his interesting if not wholly-successful take on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers story in the past, he could at least bring something different to the table.
Separate to this, two other Jekyll and Hyde projects are in the works.
There is the terrible-sounding version with Keanu Reeves playing both lead roles, although possibly with Bronson’s Nicolas Winding Refn directing. That one would presently fall into the interesting category alongside the potential Ferrara version.
Alongside those is the most promising but, unfortunately, most unlikely to come in the short-term, from Guillermo del Toro. That one is only in the embryonic stages so little is known other than the character design will be amazing.
The guy playing James T Kirk’s dad is Chris Hemsworth, presently only known for being on Australian soap Home & Away, but hopefully to get more attention now.
Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer also worked on The Human Stain and Elegy, both adapted from the work of Philip Roth.
Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent, Oscar-nominated short film, 7:35 de la Manana Corto (7:35 in the Morning).
Silent Running director was indeed Douglas Trumbull.