Chris Evans of Captain America fame is also attached to star in the new adaptation.
With Robert Louis Stephenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the public domain, meaning it can be adapted by anyone, Lionsgate have seized the opportunity to create their own version of the tale with Ruben Fleischer attached to direct.
Lionsgate’s version will be taking inspiration from Steven Moffat’s 2007 BBC series, which went for a sequel take rather than a straight retelling of the original story. A script is being written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry about Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who has inherited his condition. He builds a secure basement where he can be monitored by a nurse during his transformation. Neither remembers what the other does during the transformation, and their only communications are via recordings, but with Jackman’s Mr. Hyde having enhanced strength and a raging yet charming personality, it’s only a matter of time before he escapes in search of Jackman’s family.
The film is still in development and may be for a while, with both Fleischer and Evans looking at a busy upcoming schedule. Fleischer is still developing a Zombieland sequel, which is tied up with negotiating deals for its cast, but will continue working with Bagarozzi and Mondry on a script in the meantime.