I, Frankenstein
Directed by Stuart Beattie
Produced by Tom Rosenberg
Gary Lucchesi
Andrew Mason
Richard S. Wright
Screenplay by Stuart Beattie
Story by Kevin Grevioux
Stuart Beattie
Based on graphic novel I, Frankenstein by
Kevin Grevioux
Starring Aaron Eckhart
Yvonne Strahovski
Bill Nighy
Miranda Otto
Music by Johnny Klimek
Reinhold Heil
Cinematography Ross Emery
Studio Lakeshore Entertainment
Hopscotch Features
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

I, Frankenstein is an upcoming 2014 Australian/American action/thriller film written and directed by Stuart Beattie, based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux. It stars Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy.


Frankenstein's monster, named Adam and having taken the surname of his creator, becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans in an ancient city.[1]



Kevin Grevioux of Underworld sold the original screenplay to Lakeshore Entertainment in 2010.[2][3][4] It is based on his Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name.[5][6] Lakeshore, an independent Los Angeles production company which also produced the Underworld films, brought Stuart Beattie on board to re-write and direct in early 2011.[7] In November 2011, it was confirmed that filming would take place in Melbourne and that Australia's Hopscotch Features would co-produce the film with Lakeshore.[8]

Filming began on February 27, 2012,[9] based at Docklands Studios Melbourne.[1] Filming occurred in Victoria, Australia over a period of ten weeks, with multiple scenes being filmed at Ormond College.[1] The film created over 500 jobs for cast and crew.[1]

It was announced on October 7, 2011 that Aaron Eckhart would play the lead role.[10] Eckhart described his character thus: "Frankenstein is an intelligent, evolved man, and that’s how he is portrayed in this movie, for sure."[11] In November 2011, Yvonne Strahovski was cast as the female lead, a scientist working to reanimate the dead, while Miranda Otto was cast as the queen of the gargoyles.[12] Bill Nighy plays the film's villain, whom he described as a "Nasty piece of work; one of the angels descended with Satan."[13] Eckhart and Otto trained for three months with martial arts experts Ron Balicki and Diana Lee Inosanto in the Filipino martial art of Kali for their fight scenes.

The U.S. release was set for February 22, 2013,[14] but five months before then it was moved to September 13, 2013.[15] In February 2013 it was announced the film would be released in 3D.[16] In April 2013 the release date was moved again to January 24, 2014.[17] On September 17, 2013 it was announced the film would be digitally re-mastered and released in the IMAX format.[18]


The film's score is composed by Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil.[19]


There was a panel for the upcoming film release at San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H on July 20, 2013.[20][21][22] The first trailer was released on October 4, 2013.[23]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Gothic thriller starts filming in Melbourne". Australian Associated Press. The Sydney Morning Herald. February 27, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  2. I, Frankenstein Lives at Lakeshore -
  3. Lakeshore Greenlights I, Frankenstein | /Film
  4. Kevin Grevioux reveals the secrets of I, Frankenstein | Blastr
  5. I, Frankenstein Franchise Coming At You From Lakeshore
  6. Lakeshore Eyes New Franchise With 'I, Frankenstein'
  7. Fernandez, Jay A. (March 28, 2011). "Stuart Beattie to Write and Direct 'I, Frankenstein' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. Craven, Jessica (November 9, 2011). "Gothic thriller I, Frankenstein to be filmed in Melbourne". Herald Sun. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  9. Frater, Patrick (February 27, 2012). "I Frankenstein starts shoot". Film Business Asia. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  10. McNary, Dave (October 7, 2012). "Aaron Eckhart to lead 'I, Frankenstein'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  11. Radish, Christina (October 14, 2011). "Aaron Eckhart Talks I, FRANKENSTEIN". Collider. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  12. Kit, Borys (November 17, 2011). "'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski to Play Scientist in 'I, Frankenstein' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  13. McEwan, Cameron K (February 21, 2012). "Bill Nighy talks I, Frankenstein". Den of Geek. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  14. Another Glimpse at Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
  15. I, Frankenstein Moves to September, Snitch Takes Its February Spot -
  16. Lionsgate’s 'I, Frankenstein' to Receive 3D Release
  19. Johnny Klimek & Reinhold Heil Scoring ‘I, Frankenstein’ | Film Music Reporter

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