USA Network has ordered production to begin on a new TV series, DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN. Best-selling author Koontz will write the series and exec produce along with legendary film director Martin Scorsese and Flame Television's Tony Krantz. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake director Marcus Nispel will helm the project.
"It's amazing to have this creative team in the same room, let alone working for us on a project of this scope," said Jeff Wachtel, USA's evp, series and longform. "I have always loved the idea of re-thinking classic stories as contemporary 'urban myths' -- and we are thrilled that Frankenstein will come to life in the hands of these gifted artists."
Krantz said, "This is a dream project. Dean has written a new vision -- a brilliant script, which has caught the attention of filmmakers like Marty and Marcus. It's hard to imagine a more compelling group of filmmakers joining forces to bring this to life. The opportunity to work with my good friend Jeff Wachtel and everyone at USA is an added bonus."
Pre-production has already begun on the two-hour pilot and principal photography should start in April in Los Angeles. The project was packaged by Endeavor, which represents Koontz, Scorsese and Nispel.
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