Steven Moffatt’s JEKYLL Set for Big-Screen Remake

Written by Andrew Marshall Thursday, 05 May 2016

Movie News

It’s emerged that Lionsgate have optioned 2007 BBC series Jekyll for a big-screen movie remake.

The modern-day version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Steven Moffat back when he was best known for scripting some of Doctor Who’s most celebrated episodes instead of becoming one of its most divisive showrunners while also co-creating Sherlock and gifting Benedict Cumberbatch to a grateful world.

Starring James Nesbitt in the title duality, it ran for one six-episode series and aside from a gaping plot hole opened by one of its core revelations and Paterson Joseph’s wobbly American accent, it was great fun. It also incorporated the novel ideas of Robert Louis Stevenson’s book existing within its world, and despite being a drama tinted with horror it was largely cast with talented actors primarily known for comedy.

Quite how Lionsgate plan to condense a six-hour narrative into the length of a single film remains to be seen, and ready to take on the challenge are writing duo Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry, who wrote a previous version of the script for the US adaptation of manga Death Note and are currently collaborating with Shane Black on the long-gestating Doc Savage movie.

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