“Sleepy Hollow” Creator Tackles “Moreau”
CBS is bringing a brand new twist to HG Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is currently developing a new series, which transforms Moreau into a fearless female who uses scientific experiments, set within her secretive island hospital, to reach beyond conventional medicine.
Peter Iscove, who previously created Sleepy Hollow, will serve as scriptwriter and executive producer.
Published during the late 19th century, Wells’ classic concerns a man who finds himself shipwrecked on the titular island. There he meets Dr. Moreau who is using vivisection to create humanoid hybrids from animals.
Over the years, the tale has seen various adapations to the big screen. The most recent telling – released in 1996 – starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. Bela Lugosi and Burt Lancaster both took on the story in 1932 and 1977 respectively.
Iscove hopes that Moreau will receive the same level of success enjoyed by Sleepy Hollow – itself a present day update of Washington Irving’s 19th century short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.