Saturday, 27 August 2016

Chris Evans set for Lionsgate's Jekyll

It looks like we could in for a Jekyll stand off. While Universal Pictures have been busy seeding their connected monster universe, which includes Russell Crowe (Man Of Steel) appearing in The Mummy as Dr. Jekyll, Lionsgate have also been developing a film loosely based on the story of twisted split personalities. Now news arrives via Deadline that the studio now have Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) attached to play the lead role.

While the Universal Pictures version has its own spin, the Lionsgate movie would be based on Steven Moffat's 2007 BBC series. Anthony Bagarozzi (The Nice Guys) and Chuck Mondry are at work on a script that would focus on Tom Jackman, a modern day descendant of Jekyll who has inherited his condition through genetics. So he sets up a secure basement in which he can be strapped into a chair and monitored by a nurse as he changes. The Mr. Hyde in this case has enhanced strength and a raging personality that can also be a charming devil. Neither man remembers what the other one does while inhabiting Jackman's body, and they communicate using recordings. Of course, Hyde manages to get out one night and goes in search of Jackman's family...

The movie is still hunting for a director, and Evans' isn't 100% confirmed yet. There will also be his busy Marvel schedule to factor in, with two Avengers: Infinity Wars films to consider. He will next be seen in Marc Webb's (The Amazing Spider-Man) Gifted, out on 16 June next year.

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