I, Frankenstein To Be Made In Melbourne

I, Frankenstein To Be Made In Melbourne

Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Major Film Production I, Frankenstein Confirmed For Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Innovation, Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher announced today Victoria has beaten strong competition from other Australian states to secure Stuart Beattie’s gothic thriller I, Frankenstein.

Ms. Asher said pre-production, filming and post-production for the feature film would be undertaken in Melbourne.

I, Frankenstein was attracted to the state by the Victorian Coalition Government.” Ms. Asher said.

I, Frankenstein is written and directed by internationally recognised Australian writer/ director Stuart Beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began, Australia, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and will be produced by Hopscotch Features in partnership with Lakeshore Entertainment. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason (who produced Beattie’s Tomorrow, When the War Began) and Richard Wright of Lakeshore are producing the film, with Hopscotch’s Troy Lum and Kevin Grevioux as executive producers. The film stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You for Smoking) in the title role.

”Securing an Australian production with such a high international profile is a real testament to the strength of the Victorian screen industry and the calibre of the crews, talent, facilities and services available here.” Ms. Asher said.

I, Frankenstein will spend up to $37 Million in Victoria and employ around 500 local cast and crew.”

One of the film’s producers Andrew Mason said Film Victoria’s production services, location support and advice also played a major role in their decision to film in Melbourne.

“Victoria has an incredible diversity of locations and specialised local crew, and Film Victoria’s services and support are really outstanding. We decided Melbourne was the perfect home for this project.” Mr. Mason said.

Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said she was thrilled Melbourne had secured I, Frankenstein.

“Attracting a production of this calibre is great news for the industry. It gives local practitioners a chance to further develop their skills and experience, and builds on our already solid relationship with Australian and US production houses.” Ms. Tosi said.

“Our crews, facilities, incentives, film-friendly councils and our film commission services continue to make Melbourne an attractive production destination.”

Exact locations are still being finalised, but the production will be based at Docklands Studios and shoot at several locations around Melbourne. Pre-production commences soon and filming is scheduled to begin in February 2012.

I, Frankenstein is adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the Underworld film franchise. Described as a modern-day gothic thriller, the film tells the tale of Dr. Frankenstein’s creature Adam, who centuries after his birth finds himself in a gothic city, caught in a war between two immortal clans.

Victoria has had significant success attracting Australian and international productions in recent years, including Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Killer Elite, The Eye of the Storm, and visual effects work for Ted and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.