Now UK Network Goes For “Jekyll and Hyde”
Just a few days after announcing plans for The Frankenstein Chronicles , a reinvention of the classic novel by Mary Shelley, UK TV network ITV is now setting its sights on reinventing Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Charlie Higson is writing and producing Jekyll and Hyde, a ten part story that will take place in 1930s London. The story’s focus is Robert Jekyll, grandson of Stevenson’s original doctor, who is now trying to learn the nature of his curse.
One actor will play Jekyll transforming into Hyde during moments of extreme anger.
According to ITV’s press release, Jekyll is a well meaning, sensitive and naïve man who unwillingly slips into the persona of Hyde – a risk taker endowed with super powers, great speed and invulnerability.
The series will also apparently feature vampires, werewolves, ghouls and other monsters.
Higson credits the original Jekyll and Hyde for breathing life into many superheroes with secret dual personalities.
“He’s one of literatures most important and influential characters and it’s a privilege to be rediscovering him,” he said in a press statement released by the network.
Production on Jekyll and Hyde, to be directed by Colin Teague, starts in India early next year before moving to London.
Higson previously hosted The Fast Show, a comedy sketch show that aired on the BBC network during the ‘90s and has since written The Enemy, a horror series for teenagers, the young James Bond books and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).