As anyone who’s read Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel (or seen one of the many film adaptions of the story, now in the public domain) can tell you, the creature most people think of as “Frankenstein” should really be called “Frankenstein’s monster.” 20th Century Fox’s upcoming take on the tale, however, has a title that makes the delineation even clearer: It’s called Victor Frankenstein, emphasizing the man, not the monster.
The film, announced last year, will star James McAvoy (X-Men) as the eponymous doctor and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as Igor, his hunchbacked lab assistant. Igor was not mentioned in Mary Shelley’s original gothic horror work, but was instead added in Universal’s adaptions in the 1930s. (He’s since become a staple of Frankenstein flicks.)
Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park) is directing the film; Max Landis (Chronicle) wrote the script. Fox has also released details of its plot:
“James McAvoy is Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor in a unique, never-before-seen twist on Mary Shelley’s classic 19th century novel. Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.”
So it’s called Victor Frankenstein—but it’s really about Igor, who is Frankenstein’s assistant. And Frankenstein’s not the monster. Good luck explaining this one to your family.