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Development: Frankenstein's monster comes back as a cop, Sean Gunn holds out hope for Guardians 3 and more

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Jan 31, 2019

It's alive! Yes, the Frankenstein monster is coming back ... as a cop. Read more in our latest stack of development news ...

CBS has ordered a pilot for a drama series titled Frankenstein. But the twist here on that oft-told tale is that the proposed series takes place in the present and follows a San Francisco homicide detective who is killed in the line of duty and then mysteriously resurrected to keep solving crimes.

He and his wife, however, know that something is off and that he's changed somehow, so they decide to investigate the man responsible for the cop's return, a fellow named Dr. Victor Frankenstein.

According to EW, the pilot is being penned by Jason Tracey, who has written for Elementary and Burn Notice, and will be aimed at next fall's lineup if the series passes muster. Strangely enough, this is the second project in less than five years to mix up the cop and classic monster genres: A short-lived 2015 series on Fox called Second Chance (which was also titled Frankenstein at one point) hinged on a similar premise.

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When we last saw Rocket Raccoon, he was the only one of the Guardians of the Galaxy to survive the Thanos decimation in Avengers: Infinity War. Although it's likely that Rocket and his friends will be reunited by the end of Avengers: Endgame, the fate of their own next movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, has been left uncertain by last summer's unceremonious dismissal of writer/director James Gunn.

To make matters more awkward, Rocket has been played on set (for motion capture purposes) by James Gunn's brother Sean, who also portrays the Ravager known as Kraglin in the Guardians films. But asked by the Associated Press (via Heroic Hollywood) while attending a Stan Lee tribute in Los Angeles about the prospects for a third Guardians adventure, Sean sounded surprisingly upbeat.

“Well, my brother is doing Suicide Squad 2 right now, which I’m really excited about and I know he’s really excited about," said Sean. "I don’t know what’s going on beyond that. I mean, Guardians 3 is gonna get made. We’re gonna make that movie, and we’ll figure out what happens there, but you know, everything ends up having a way of working itself out I think.”

James Gunn is indeed writing and likely directing The Suicide Squad, as it's now called, and while some fellow directors like Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright have once again called for his reinstatement at Marvel, it seems as if James is moving on with his life. But Marvel head Kevin Feige has also said that Guardians 3 is still a go, so Sean Gunn will almost certainly play Rocket again after Avengers: Endgame (and probably end up with a part in The Suicide Squad to boot).

Finally, the success of Grady Hendrix's excellent 2017 history of the paperback horror boom of the 1970s and '80s, Paperbacks From Hell, has encouraged a publisher named Valancourt Books to start reprinting some of the titles that Hendrix discussed in the book — under the imprint Paperbacks From Hell, of course.

First out of the chute in April will be The Nest, a 1980 novel from Gregory A. Douglas about a horde of pesticide-mutated cockroaches that lay waste to Cape Cod. Other forthcoming titles (they'll arrive once a month) include Elizabeth Engstrom’s When Darkness Loves Us (1985), Bari Wood’s The Tribe (1981), Thomas Page’s The Spirit (1977), and Bernard Taylor’s The Reaping (1980).

That's just the tip of the iceberg, frankly; if these first offerings prove successful, Hendrix's book is chock-full of wild, grisly, and often outright insane horror paperbacks that could be dusted off and introduced to a whole new legion of fans. Happy reading!

(via Bloody Disgusting)

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