Studio nabs feature claim to Kenneth Oppel's upcoming novel

Looking to make a bigscreen version of the Frankenstein origin story, Summit has acquired rights to Kenneth Oppel’s upcoming novel “This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein.”

Project’s been set with Karen Rosenfelt, a producer on Summit’s “Twilight” franchise and Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” films.

Tome is the first in a series to be published by Simon & Schuster. In the book, Victor Frankenstein’s twin brother falls ill, and Victor seeks out a mysterious old alchemist to help him produce the Elixir of Life, which can bestow perpetual health upon its drinker.

Oppel’s previously written the “Silverwing” trilogy and “Airborn.”

Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and Ashley Schlaifer oversee for Summit. ICM repped film rights on the project. Oppel’s publishing rep is Writer’s House.

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