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Seventeen years have passed since moviegoers were last transported to The Island of Dr. Moreau. Perhaps it’ll be an even 20 by the time the just-announced remake hits theaters.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production house are resurrecting The Island of Dr. Moreau for Warner Bros., Deadline reports. They are aiming to adapt H.G. Wells’ classic 1896 novel, with an emphasis on “a topical ecological message,” according to the site. Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, writers of Hemlock Grove, will adapt the novel, which might give an idea on the kind of violent imagery fans can look forward to.
The Island of Dr. Moreau focuses on an eccentric doctor living on an island and his experiments to create new humanoid lifeforms. In the most recent adaptation of Wells’ novel, the late Marlon Brando played the titular role, joined by co-stars Val Kilmer and David Thewlis. The story has been adapted numerous other times prior to the Brando-Kilmer version.