According to Variety, Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) is set to direct a contemporary version of Stevenson’s story. Whitaker and Jackson will play the two sides of the same man … and something tells us that Jackson will probably be embodying the nastier half. But given Whitaker’s terrifying, Oscar winning performance in “The Last King of Scotland,” we could be completely off. It would certainly be a refreshing change to see Jackson play something like a soft-spoken scientist, wouldn’t it?
The independent film will begin shooting late this summer, and producer Luc Roeg promises that “such formidable talent in front of and behind the camera will turn this wonderful gothic story into a modern classic for a whole new generation.” But with three productions (including one by the wonderful Guillermo Del Toro ) on the way, even one co-starring 50 Cent may have a tough time standing out to movie-going audiences.
Readers, which “Jekyll and Hyde” are you most looking forward to? Which one has the most potential? Who do you think will play the conflicting personalities best? Or are you worn out by just the idea of so many versions?