Keanu Reeves is attached to star in a modern updating of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which will be scripted by Justin Haythe (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), who is also at work on a remake of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. Nicolas Winding Refn in negotiating to direct the film for Universal Pictures. Ironically, although Universal was once famous for producing black-and-white horror classics such as FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, and THE WOLF MAN, the Jekyl-and-Hyde combo was never part of their stable of classic monsters.
Titled JEKYLL, this project is the second of two versions of the Stevenson tale in development at Univeral:
According to Hollywood Reporter:
Plot details for this “Jekyll” are being kept locked in the laboratory.
Universal clearly is enamored with the tale as it also has been developing a take on it with Guillermo del Toro, though the two couldn’t be more different.
Del Toro, who has an affinity for gothic horror as well as creature features, aims to stick more closely to the Stevenson tale. Also, del Toro’s project is on the slow track as the filmmaker works on “The Hobbit” for New Line and MGM, which is expected to take up the next five years. Even when he comes back, he likely will tackle one or two other Universal projects before his version, so a good amount of time will exist between the projects.