Before he was the showrunner for Doctor Who and Sherlock, Steven Moffat wrote the TV Series Jekyll – a modern-day retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. One six-episode season was broadcast in 2007 with a cliffhanger ending that ended up unresolved when no second season materialised. Despite its short run (and a series finale that goes completely off the rails), Jekyll had a lot of plus points. The ambition of the series was admirable, James Nesbitt gives a career-best performance and the show’s genre-hopping approach from a conspiracy thriller to gruesome horror makes it prime for a film adaptation.
And that is exactly what Lionsgate intend to do, after they recently bought the rights to the show. And according to Deadline, they might have found their leading man/men in Chris Evans, A.K.A. Captain America. The movie is still in very early stages of production with no director attached, though we do have producers Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman on board. Also, The Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi and the upcoming Doc Savage and Death Note scribe Anthony Bagarozzi are working on the screenplay.
Portraying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde would certainly be a departure for Chris Evans as, while he has played villains or characters with dark edges before, the Mr. Hyde portrayed in the Jekyll miniseries is one of the most sadistic interpretations put to screen. Further stacking the odds against Evans is that we’ll be seeing two-time Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portraying the same character in 2017’s The Mummy reboot from Universal.
But we’ll have to see how production pans out and who else joins the adaptation. Are you excited for a Jekyll movie and do you think Chris Evans can pull off the role? Let us know in the comments section!
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