Dimension Films has made a deal to turn the Michael Allred-created comic book Madman into a live-action film, reports Variety.
George Huang (“Swimming With Sharks”) will direct a script he’ll write with Allred. Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan will produce via their Troublemaker Studios.
Madman is a post-modernist reimagining of the Frankenstein tale, with a superhero twist. The title character, killed in a car accident, is reanimated by an eccentric doc who names him Frank Einstein and instills in him enhanced senses, psychic power and exceptional physical skills. The doc can’t fix his creature’s face, so Madman wears a costume modeled after his fave superhero to hide his scars.
The project, spearheaded by Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein and production president Richard Saperstein, will follow a template similar to Sin City, which Troublemaker produced and Rodriguez directed with creator Frank Miller for Dimension.
As with that film, the creative behind the comic book is an active part of the creative process. And, like Sin City, Madman will be shot entirely at Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Texas.