What is the Mary Shelley Frankenstein biopic about?

1957: Baron Frankenstein, played by Peter Cushing (1913 - 1994), leans over the monster he has created, Christopher Lee, as Robert Urquhart (1921 - 1995) looks on. The scene is from 'The Curse of Frankenstein', directed by Terence Fisher. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1957: Baron Frankenstein, played by Peter Cushing (1913 - 1994), leans over the monster he has created, Christopher Lee, as Robert Urquhart (1921 - 1995) looks on. The scene is from 'The Curse of Frankenstein', directed by Terence Fisher. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) /
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While many are very familiar with the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster, fewer have heard the origin story of their creator—Mary Shelley. Shelley’s classic 1818 novel was no easy feat to write, which is why Rose Pictures and Fulwell 73 are teaming up to co-produce a film called Mary’s Monster that chronicles the late author’s quest to complete it.

According to a Variety exclusive, the screenplay will be developed by Deborah Baxtrom (Living With Frankenstein) and directed by Farren Blackburn (Daredevil). Similar to the gothic book Shelley crafted, the film’s logline suggests that her writing journey was also a dark path.

It reads: “Terrified of giving voice to the darkness of her subconscious mind, Mary Shelley locks into a dangerous battle with her own ‘inner monster’ as she struggles to write her seminal science fiction novel, Frankenstein.

Mary’s Monster is the next Frankenstein biopic

While the iconic Frankenstein writer died in London at the age of 53, her work has lived on in countless films, plays, musicals, shows, spin-offs, video games and other forms of pop-culture that continue to be made today.

Often considered a cautionary tale about the dangers of mankind overstepping its boundaries for science, the novel is considered to have started the science fiction genre.

It introduces a scientist named Victor Frankenstein that brings his experiment to life. However, what he creates is an eight foot tall monster made out of scraps from human cadavers. The monster eventually loathes humankind and his own creator, which ends in travesty.

Over the years, Frankenstein, or in other cases, Frankenstein’s monster has been portrayed by iconic actors, including Robert De Niro, Jim Cummings, Benedict Cumberbatch and many more.

The film Mary’s Monster is currently in pre-production with cast and crew still being determined. We’ll update you as soon as we learn more.

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