'Chronicle' scribe already at work on monster tale; Greengrass eyed

The race to reanimate Frankenstein just got a little livelier, as “Chronicle” scribe Max Landis is working on a screenplay based on the classic monster tale for Fox.

The project joins at least half a dozen others percolating in Hollywood, though none is far along enough to have anything approaching a firm release date.

No front-runner has emerged to direct Fox’s Frankenstein — though the studio is eyeing several high-profile helmers, including Paul Greengrass and David Yates (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”). Ron Howard had been circling the project, but it appears he’s out given that “The Dark Tower” is still up in the air and that he’s in early talks for Formula One biopic “Rush,” as Variety reported Tuesday.

Davis Entertainment is attached to produce the untitled pic, which Fox will distribute. Studio has kept the logline under wraps, though with so many Frankenstein projects in early development, Landis will surely be looking for a fresh angle on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel.

He’ll have plenty of competition.

Universal, whose 1931 horror classic created the definitive image of Frankenstein’s monster, is at work on an update with Guillermo del Toro and Scott Stuber attached. Lakeshore Entertainment has tapped Stuart Beattie to write and direct “I, Frankenstein,” a modern spin on the story, and Summit Entertainment is under way on “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.”

Other Frankenstein pics in the works: an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein” from Ghost House Pictures and RT Features and a contemporary take from Columbia Pictures and Matt Tolmach.

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