Sean Bean is to star in a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein being made for ITV Encore, the broadcaster’s new drama channel.
The Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings actor will play Inspector John Marlott who discovers what appears to be the body of a dead child on the banks of the Thames.
When he investigates, Marlott is horrified to discover it’s not actually a child but rather a crude assembly of body parts arranged in a grotesque parody of a human form.
The mutilated child-like body leaves an indelible impression on Marlott and he finds himself unable to shake off the memory of what has happened that fateful night.
With a formidable reputation as an investigator, he is known as a man who “doesn’t know the meaning of fear,” so it comes as no surprise when coldly efficient Peel, summons him insisting the “details of your investigation must remain confidential.”
And after what he’s witnessed Marlott accepts the challenge to track the perpetrator of this heinous crime…
“The Frankenstein Chronicles is an epic re-working of one of literature and cinema’s most iconic stories,” says Steve November, ITV’s Director of Drama.
“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.”
“Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London,” said Benjamin. “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.”