There are some stories that seem to stand the test of time in Hollywood. Whether one or two iterations of the story don’t do well, you can always count on the basis of these stories to provide inspiration for another flick or TV series. One of the best sub-genres of this is the classic monster movies. Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy. These classics have influenced countless variations in many forms of media. But, one of the most beloved stories is Frankenstein. The story about a doctor trying to play god, and brings back dead tissue, creating a monster that leads to his own demise. This story has been recounted and altered for different shows and movies so many times. Now, a new take on the tale will be hitting the small screen, with a different twist.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for a new show, currently titled Frankenstein. While it shares it’s namesake with the classic Mary Shelley novel, it will only be loosely based on the original plot. This show, set in modern times, will follow a homicide detective who dies, but then mysteriously comes back to life. As he tries to come to grips with whatever has happened, so is his family, but he returns to work nonetheless. But, as he and his wife start to notice he isn’t the same man he was before his death, they learn of the involvement of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. In all honesty, this may be the only real attachment to the original story, but we’ll reserve judgement until the pilot is released.
Now, some of you may think you’ve heard this one before, and not from a Frankenstein novel or movie. In 2015, Fox had an extremely short lived show called Second Chance, about a morally corrupt cop who dies, but is revived and given, you guessed it, a ‘second chance’ to make things right. What is most interesting is that the show had some different titles before its release. It’s original title was Frankenstein, before being changed to The Frankenstein Code, before ultimately landing on Second Chance.
So, could this new pilot be what the previous show was meant to be? We may never find out the answer to that question, but as far as if CBS is successful, we’ll just have to wait and see if and when the pilot gets released.
Do you think this show will be any good? Are you a fan of Frankenstein’s Monster? Let us know in the comments below!