Friend, Lerner to script new take on story

NBC has ordered a drama script billed as a modern-day take on the legend of Frankenstein.

Script comes from two of the exec producers of “House,” Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner, via that series’ studio, Universal Media Studios, and BermanBraun.

“House” is coming up on its eighth and likely final season; Fox has signaled it does not intend to go further, though UMS has the option to shop it elsewhere. UMS is a logical home for a Frankenstein revival given that Universal Studios owns the intellectual property rights to classic movie monsters including Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy.

Frankenstein has proved a popular subject on the feature side, with at least six different productions in development at 20th Century Fox, Summit, Universal and Lakeshore Entertainment to name a few.

Friend and Lerner are writing partners who have been on “House” since 2005, graduating to exec producers in the fourth season. Their previous credits include “Martial Law,” “Smallville,” “Roswell” and “Boston Public.”

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