Sci-fi legend Sean Bean has signed on to star in an ambitious new miniseries that reimagines the horror classic Frankenstein — as a period-set crime drama.
The U.K. network ITV has picked up the six-part Frankenstein Chronicles, starring Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as Inspector John Marlott, who will be taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe. The series will incorporate elements from the investigative and horror genres.
The series is being developed by Emmy-nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner's Handbook) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). The story will be framed around a murder investigation that takes a dark turn once they realize the body is actually a mangled assembly of different parts. Hence the Frankenstein connection.
ITV's Director of Drama Steve November described the miniseries as “epic re-working of one of literature and cinema's most iconic stories." Plus, Sean Bean! Our only question is who will actually star in the series once Bean is killed off (kidding!). Check out the synopsis below, which serves as a nice jumping-off point for the dark, twisty drama we can likely expect:
In the drama's opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott.
As he stands on the water's edge contemplating the arrest of the smugglers, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse he is horrified to discover it's not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The mutilated child-like body leaves an indelible impression on Marlott and he finds himself unable to shake off the memory of what has happened that fateful night.
With a formidable reputation as an investigator, he is known as a man who "doesn't know the meaning of fear," so it comes as no surprise when coldly efficient Peel, summons him insisting the "details of your investigation must remain confidential." And after what he's witnessed Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this heinous crime.
We follow him as he pursues the crazed killer behind the mutilated body. As he investigates, Marlott discovers that what he's dealing with is more horrific than he could possibly have imagined.
The series is set to start shooting in early 2015, and more casting will be announced soon. No word on a U.S. network, but we'd think it'll eventually find its way to the States.
In case you're wondering what this might mean for Bean's sci-fi-ish series Legends on TNT, it's hard to say at the moment. The series wrapped its first season a month or so ago, and there's been no word on a possible renewal. The ratings crashed fairly low by the season finale, but it started strong — and considering that both Legends and Frankenstein run short seasons, he'd certainly be able to do both if he wanted to make it happen.
(Via Coming Soon)