Though he’s become known for always dying in film and television, actor Sean Bean is looking to be alive for much longer with a new lead role on a TV series in the United Kingdom.
The British TV network has announced a series order for “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” a series that reimagines the myth of the iconic monster of film and literature in the form of a six episode crime drama. But as perfect as it would be for someone to say “It’s alive!” before Sean Bean rises from the dead, he’s not playing the titular monster.
Instead, Bean will be taking the role of Inspector John Marlott, an investigator thrust into the middle of a horrifying homicide case in Regency London in 1827. When the body of a child washes up on the shore, the case becomes more terrifying and grisly when Marlott realizes that the body is actually an assembly of different body parts stitched together to form a makeshift human.
Fresh off rounding up a gang of opium smugglers, Marlott is hired again by Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel to conduct a confidential investigation into this twisted case, not only because of his skills as an investigator, but because he’s become known as a man without fear. However, what Marlott finds just might test the limits of that reputation as he gets closer to cracking the case. That sounds way better than this year’s abomination that was I, Frankenstein.
“The Franksnstein Chronicles” hails from Benjamin Ross, the Emmy-nominated director and writer of “The Young Prisoner’s Handbook,” and Barry Langford of “Torte Bluma.” Ross says:
Marlott’s investigation takes him into the dark corners of Regency London. 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.
Filming will begin in Northern Ireland in January of 2015 and the rest of cast will be revealed soon. However, the only downside is that since this an ITV production in the United Kingdom, it might be a while before United States audiences get to see it unless someone like Netflix or HBO picks it up. It’s not out of the question with Sean Bean in the lead, but it might depend on the reception across the pond. We’ll keep you posted.
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