EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart Talks ‘I, Frankenstein’

Aaron Eckhart is someone who I am always happy to see working. No matter what material he’s working with, he always seems like he gives 100 percent to his work and is a complete professional. Therefore when Lionsgate announced that Eckhart would be their star in Stuart Beattie’s “I, Frankenstein,” adapted from Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel, I was pleased as punch.

When MTV News caught up with Eckhart recently during the press day for his latest film, “The Rum Diary,” I asked him to give us a tease about what we can expect from him and the film.

“Well, I’m going to be Frankenstein, which I never thought that sentence existed. I’m going to shoot that next year in Australia. I have no idea what I’m going to do,” he admitted. “I’m reading Mary Shelley’s ’Frankenstein’ right now, I’m quite impressed by his intellect and depth of feeling, so it will be interesting to explore.”

Eckhart went on to say that the film version will be more modern and that his “monster” will have a lot more freedom of movement.

“It’s more of an action take on Frankenstein, it’s not a comic book, but there’s a lot of fighting in it so we’ll see. I’m looking forward to it, I get to learn some new stuff.”

[Editor’s note: Not a comic book? Even though it’s based on Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel? Perhaps someone’s signals have gotten crossed.]

The story follows Adam Frankenstein (Eckhart) after he has survived to the present day, and he finds himself caught in a centuries old war between two immortal clans.

“I, Frankenstein” is slated to hit theaters on February 22, 2013.

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