ITV Encore is adding a second original drama to their lineup.
Mere days after ordering Midwinter of the Spirit as their first original drama series, the fledgling channel has green-lit The Frankenstein Chronicles, a new take on the Frankenstein Myth which has veteran actor Sean Bean attached to star.
Described as a mix of the investigative and horror genres, The Frankenstein Chronicles is set in Regency London in 1827 and follows Inspector John Marlott, a talented investigator who discovers what at first glance appears to be the body of a dead child, but on further examination proves to be a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form. The Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel then recruits Marlott with one mission: track down the perpetrator of this heinous crime.
Sean Bean, whose long list of television credits include Game Of Thrones, Missing and more recently the TNT spy drama Legends (pictured above), is set to topline The Frankenstein Chronicles as Inspector Marlott. The character is described as having a formidable reputation as an investigator and being known as a man who “doesn’t know the meaning of fear”.
The six part series is being written by Benjamin Ross & Barry Langford and hails from independent production company Rainmark Films. David Tanner and Carol Moorhead are producing, with Tracey Scoffield and Frank Doelger on board to executive produce. Co-creator Benjamin Ross will also direct the drama, which is receiving funding from Northern Ireland Screen and is set to begin filming in Belfast in January.
“The Frankenstein Chronicles is an epic re-working of one of literature and cinema’s most iconic stories”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned it alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “We’re delighted to be working with Benjamin Ross, Barry Langford and the team at Rainmark Films with the vision to bring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein back to life.”
While Director and Co-Creator Benjamin Ross added: “Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London. He discovers an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, and murder for profit. The rational evidence points first one-way and then another as he contemplates a frightening alternate scenario”.