Looks like Hollywood is setting its sights across the pond to adapt Steven Moffat’s cult BBC One series, Doctor Who Jekyll.
According to a new report over at The Tracking Board, Lionsgate has tapped Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry to pen a big-screen version of Steven Moffat’s Jekyll, with Geoff Shaevitz overseeing the project for Lionsgate.
Both writers are frequent Shane Black (Iron Man 3) collaborators, with Bagarozzi having written the screenplay for The Nice Guys (starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling) with Black. They’ve even worked together on the planned Doc Savage movie over at Sony, which is still without a release date.
A modern-day continuation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde rather than a remake, the series starred James Nesbitt as Dr. Tom Jackman, a descendant of Henry Jekyll. Struggling with his dark side, Jackman begins to transform into a version of Mr. Hyde, also played by Nesbitt, who oozed charm as the darker (but dangerously sexy) Hyde.
Although both share the same body, neither of them remembers what the other did while dominant. While trying to keep his violent and murderous alter ego in check and in the dark about his family, Jackman also tries to escape the clutches of a secret organization trying to use Hyde for their nefarious plans.
Created and written by Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat, Jekyll also starred Michelle Ryan (Merlin, Bionic Woman) and Gina Bellman (Coupling). It ran for one season back in 2007, with only six one-hour episodes made. Although an excellent series, the bummer was that it finished on a bit of a cliffhanger. Even then, the series is definitely worth the detour and is one of Moffat's best.
Being a huge fan of the original series, I can’t help but be excited by this news. But the question is: Can they keep the sort of dark humor and dangerousness that gave Jekyll all its charm? That’ll remain to be seen. What do you think? Who would you like to see in the dual roles of Tom Jackman and Hyde?
(via The Tracking Board)