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Universal making Jekyll & Mr Hyde

MUMBAI: Universal Pictures is in the process of developing The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with Justin Haythe penning the script.


In all probability, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn will direct the project, titled Jekyll. Keanu Reeves will develop a split personality for the film.


The story has been translated to the screen and stage dozens of times. Among the adaptations are comedy versions, kids‘ stories (Jekyll And Heidi) and gender-switch tales (1995‘s Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde). The story has undergone modern iterations as recently as 2007, when the BBC aired a miniseries that set the story in the present as Hyde ran amok in London.


Del Toro, who has an affinity for Gothic horror as well as creature features, aims to stick more closely to the Stevenson tale. His project is on the back burner, though, as he works on The Hobbit for New Line and MGM, a project that‘s expected to take up the next five years.


Refn‘s indie crime biopic Bronson, starring Tom Hardy, premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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