here) and in recent years he’s wizened up and exerted more creative control over the adaptations/projects he is involved in.
Even then, there isn’t a 100% guaranteed things will go well. In January 2004, the USA Network announced that they had partnered with Koontz to create a new series based on the legend of Frankenstein. Developed with Kevin Anderson, Koontz’s vision of a new Frankenstein series proved to be a sequel to Mary Shelley’s classic under the premise that both Victor Frankenstein and the Monster had lived over 200 hundred plus years to modern times thanks to the doc’s scientific tinkering and the magic of lighting, respectively. While the Monster – now taking the name Deucalion, after the son of Prometheus – has stayed in quiet isolation educating himself Dr. Frankenstein has been enjoying the advances in technology and creating a group called the New Race, replacing people with clones for an eventual war. It is kind of like Frankenstein meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. When Deucalion finds out his maker is still alive in New Orleans, he heads there to settle the score.
And the award for
“Worst Frankenstein Monster Design of All-Time”
It is a shame too as Koontz’s book series have proven to be a fun continuation of the Shelley legend. And while you’d think they would be nothing more than a pulpy horror/sci-fi hybrid, there is actually a lot going on in these books with the creations of Victor going haywire in their quest for what is missing (a soul) from their created-in-a-lab existence. This version completely misses all off that, opting instead for just cheap thrills (and not even delivering in that department). Amusingly, the book series grew to five volumes and proved popular enough that another company, 1019 Entertainment, optioned them in 2012. They announced plans to turn them into a…wait for it…TV series. Like I said earlier, poor Dean Koontz.