Variety has reported on a new biopic about Frankenstein writer Mary Shelley titled Mary’s Monster. Fulwell 73 and Rose Pictures are producing the film that will follow the story of how Shelley came to write what is considered the first science-fiction story. Shelley’s novel shaped the current landscape of the science-fiction, horror, and monster genres. Shelley wrote her novel when she, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friend Lord Byron held a friendly competition to see who could write the best horror story.
Frankenstein’s monster is one of the most popular pop-culture figures ever created. Boris Karloff’s portrayal of the character in the 1931 film Frankenstein is often thought of as the monster’s first on-screen appearance. However, the character’s first appearance on film was in the 1910 film Frankenstein which ran only 16 minutes and was produced by Thomas Edison. Due to the U.S. cultural significance of Halloween, this gruesome creature is even popular among younger audiences. A kid-friendly version of Frankenstein’s monster, voiced by Kevin James, appears as one of Dracula’s buddies in the Hotel Transylvania franchise.
Frankenstein can also be considered one of the most influential pieces of media of all time, with many people first encountering the novel in their high-school English courses. The story revolves around Victor Frankenstein who creates a living creature out of body parts stolen from corpses. The moral dilemma that arises revolves around the question of who is responsible for the damage the creature causes.
Mary’s Monster will be directed by Farren Blackburn, who has worked as a director on television episodes of Daredevil and Doctor Who. Not much is known about the film at the moment, but the logline seems to suggest that it will revolve around Shelley’s psyche, and how she channeled her own emotional turmoil into the story that immortalized her as a science-fiction legend. This film is a must-see for those interested in the mind behind one of the most prolific monsters in literature.