Updated Frankenstein story includes new characters

Amid some downsizing in the last couple of months, Lakeshore has boarded a new pic project.

BevHills-based financing/production shingle topped by Tom Rosenberg is readying “I, Frankenstein” for a summer shoot.

“Underworld” thesp Kevin Grevioux brought to project to Lakeshore, said Rosenberg.

Patrick Tatopoulos, who made his helming debut on Lakeshore’s “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” is attached to direct the pic, which is described as a contempo version of Frankenstein.

“It’s a modern-day retelling of the Frankenstein story,” said Lakeshore prexy Gary Lucchesi, who added that Tatopoulos, a longtime special f/x and creature designer, has whipped up some “cool new characters” for the Victor Frankenstein story set 200 years later.

Lucchesi said the project would not be star-driven and that cast was yet to be determined.

Original script is by Grevioux and based on his upcoming Darkstorm Studios graphic novel of the same name. Producers are Lakeshore’s Rosenberg, Lucchesi and Richard Wright.

With a smaller production and finished-film load set for the coming year, Lakeshore in November shed several staffers, including prexy of worldwide marketing and distribution, David Dinerstein, and Exec. VP of marketing Robert Burke.

Rosenberg would not comment on the exits except that he had upped execs internally. Among them, Jonathan Deckter and Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose will now head international sales.

Lakeshore will continue to sell off foreign rights to its films overseas and distribute through studio and other distrib partners domestically. It has an ongoing, non-exclusive relationship with Sony. Company’s “Underworld” franchise, among other properties, was released through Sony Screen Gems.

Domestic distrib partner on “Frankenstein” isn’t set yet.

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