Summit to bring us a young Victor Frankenstein in THIS DARK ENDEAVOR
Apparently the young adult novel-to film craze isn’t quite done yet. Quite the contrary, actually.
Deadline is reporting that Summit has nabbed up the rights to the novel penned by Kenneth Oppel, entitled This Dark Endeavor. The film adaptation of the novel will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt, and follows a young Victor Frankenstein, as he attempts to save his brother from an illness, by locating the materials for, and thus creating, the Elixir of Life. The novel ultimately plays like a direct set-up for the story of Frankenstein, giving a bit of a back story to the tale.
Now, apparently Universal was interested in the project, which is interesting, because of the impending Guillermo del Toro-directed Frankenstein film, but Summit has picked up the rights, and will be releasing the film. Personally, I don’t like this idea much at all. Summit is a fine studio, hell, they gave us THE HURT LOCKER, but ultimately, I don’t have much hope for a film based on a young adult novel like this to come out of the studio. Check out the novel’s full synopsis, after the break.
"Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures…until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.
Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another."