Wadjda director Haifaa Al Mansour is already at work on A Storm In The Stars, a drama starring Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley in a story about her relationship with her husband Percy. But it’s not the only film in the works about Shelley; yesterday, Deadline reported that Al Mansour will be competing with another project about the Frankenstein author titled Mary Shelley’s Monster. It’s described as “a new take on the life and lore” of Shelley, and “tracks the young writer as she writes her seminal novel and is drawn into a Faustian bargain with her own ‘monster’ of an alter ego, who offers literary fame at a desperate personal cost.” So I’m going to speculate that this one is slightly fictionalized from the historical record.
Mary Shelley’s Monster was written by Deborah Baxtrom and will be directed by Coky Giedroyc, who’s worked on television series like Penny Dreadful and The Killing. Its Shelley will be played by another TV talent, Sophie Turner from HBO’s Game Of Thrones; the supporting cast includes Taissa Farmiga and Jeremy Irvine as Percy Shelley.
So we’ve got two upcoming movies about the life of Mary Shelley and two upcoming movies based on The Jungle Book. Does someone want to explain to me why old English authors are so hot in Hollywood right now? Is it because their work’s out of copyright and costs nothing to adapt? Have the studios simply exploited every other remaining option? Has Gothic been on TV a lot lately? What gives?