Summit Entertainment's already worked box office magic with vampires and werewolves, but can they do the same for Frankenstein (the mad scientist, not the monster)? According to Deadline, the studio behind "The Twilight Saga" has acquired the screen rights to the upcoming YA novel "This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein" by Kenneth Oppel, which hits bookstores August 23.
The novel is a prequel of sorts to Mary Shelley's classic "Frankenstein." The plot centers around young Victor Frankenstein and his quest to save sick twin brother Konrad. He seeks help from a mysterious alchemist, who sends Victor and his friend Elizabeth on a dangerous journey to find the three ingredients needed to create a serum called the Elixir of Life that will heal Konrad. Like any YA novel worth its salt, the inevitable love triangle ensues.
Though this novel details the back story of Dr. Frankenstein's youth (read: a big green guy likely won't be chased by torch-wielding villagers), it sounds like there will be plenty of supernatural elements to keep fans of series like "Twilight" entertained.
Whether or not "Dark Endeavors" ultimately finds its way to the big screen, I know what'll be on my to-read list come August. Here's hoping this book is as intriguing and imaginative as it sounds!
Will you be picking up a copy of "Dark Endeavors? Are you ready for a "Frankenstein" prequel? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!