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Introducing "Neo Franky": A New Frankenstein
From the Frankenstein film in 1931
The line, "it's alive,"
is arguably the most memorable two words of movie dialogue in movie history.
Frankenstein's monster is a fictional character that first appeared in Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In pop culture, the creature is referred to as "Frankenstein" after the creature's creator, "Dr." Victor Frankenstein, but in Shelley's novel the creature is nameless.
"Frankenstein," was not only a character's name (1818), but means "a destructive 'monster' or agency that cannot be controlled. That pretty much describes the legendary Boris Korloff's portrayal of the "monster," in "Frankenstein," the classic 1931 film.
Boris Korloff, "monster," and crew
William Henry Pratt (November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969), better known by his stage name, Boris Karloff, was an English actor. He is widely-known for his roles in horror films, particularly for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939), which resulted in his immense popularity. His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). He also had a memorable role in the original Scarface (1932). For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Now-Hollywood legends, Mae Clark, starred as "Elizabeth," bride-to-be to "Dr. Frankenstein"; Edward Van Sloan, "Dr. Waldman," and John Boles, "Victor Moritz." What a cast. What a film. This venture was so scary, it is still argued today as being "the best' horror film of all-time. I am not so stupid as to be on the side of the few who disagree with this statement.
A "Frankenstein" upgrade
As in all things we cherish, so this film, "Dr. Frankenstein," if upgraded, would suffer from our societies various unspoken guidelines of sensitivity, violence, and overall presentation of "building" a living soul from parts of departed-people. (But since the two of creative genius status, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, "Star Wars," and "E.T.," as their resume's, can never make a perfect remake of "Frankenstein," "I" will pose my own hub-style of a remake as to preserve the classic integrity of "Dr. Frankenstein).
I had to say that to keep down rumblings of being chased from my home in the dead of night by villagers carrying torches. Don't laugh. It can happen.
My purpose for upgrading "Frankenstein?"
Well, the story centers around Ray Liotta, (GoodFellas, Henry Hill), who plays "Dr. Bruce Frank N. Stein," wealthy great (nine times removed) nephew of the original, "Dr. Henry Frankenstein," of the 1931 "Frankenstein" film. "Bruce Frank N. Stein," once a brilliant medical student was writing his thesis on "Resurrecting The Non-Alive," and became obsessed with the "greatest" medical breakthrough in modern medicine: bringing a deceased man back to life.
And from there my story starts, evolves and eventually ends. The film when production, which should take from one to three years to complete, should be a treat for all social categories in our country. Scientists, doctors, morticians, gay rights groups, police forces, should all be not only represented well, but be happy at how I have written this film to put them in a positive light.
I am seeking Hollywood's "Best of The Best"
I am looking at the tough work ahead on my "Frankenstein" upgrade very seriously. And if you, my wonderful followers, were ever working with me, you would instantly know that I do not take anything that concerns me lightly. No, this is not a pat on the back for yours truly. Just being upfront with you.
- Robert Zemeckis, director of the award-winning "Forrest Gump," will direct my upgraded version of "Dr. Frankenstein," but I am calling my film: "Neo Franky," to be completely in-step with all ages and fads in our society of 2016.
- James Cameron, will not only produce "Neo Franky," but will provide the "monster" (lifeless body) for the key scenes in "Bruce's" laboratory/basement. Cameron was a mega-success in his own right with "Avatar," that is still viewed as a major accomplishment in film production.
- Steven Tisch, one of Hollywood's most ambitious producers will co-produce such an undertaking as "Neo Franky."
- George Lucas, owner of Industrial Light and Magic and solely responsible for those amazing scenes where his expertise is seen in the Star Wars installments. Lucas will work closely with his buddy, Steven Spielberg, to get his creative insight to such an undertaking as my upgrade.
- John Williams, and The London Philharmonic will be tagged for the background music. Williams was my perfect choice knowing how Williams scored such heart-pounding music for the Star Wars films.
- Nora Jones, Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash) will provide the newly-composed songs for "Neo Franky," and in my humble opinion, Jones and Nash should be nominated for several Grammies for their efforts. A few of their progressive song titles are: "I Don't Feel New," to play when "Franky," the "monster," is alone with his new thoughts and new life. "Lightning Love," will play when Eric Roberts "Thomas Moritz," and "Blaze Romano," Michelle Rodriguez have a few "electric" moments of their own. Audiences will wonder "if" "Moritz," is really gay.
- The "monster," "Neo Franky," will be played by none other than, John Goodman, whose acting so wide-ranging that I firmly believe that he can do this "monster"-of-a-role (sorry pun, I apologize), with ease.
The "monster's" shocking upgrades
Just as the "monster" in "Dr. Frankenstein, 1931, was scary as a lone walk through a dark cemetery, "my" conception of "Neo Franky," will not be as scary as monsters go, but have enough human traits that sophisticated audiences should appreciate his changes.
"Neo Franky," will experience: sensitivity when "Bruce," his creator is depressed at not being able to share his creation and creature with the Medical and Scientific world(s).
"Neo Franky," will also have the ability to laugh like we do. He will laugh loudly when he first arises from the table where he has laid for weeks while "Bruce" was finishing the final preparations for his resurrection. "Bruce," overjoyed with his success, clumisy falls down over a stool where someone was sitting to watch him work. This causes "Neo Franky," to burst into childish laughter and with the sharp close-up's of his face so happy, audiences will now become "his" fans."
The late Peter Boyle wooed audiences as the "monster" in "Young Frankenstein," with Gene Wilder and Marty Ingles, with his talent for dancing, so I have written "Neo Franky," to sit and sing a touching love song to "Blaze Romaro," when she lets her curiosity lead her down to "Bruce's" basement to get a closer look at his "creature." "Neo Franky," will lip sync one of Nora Jones' new compositions.
The central them of "Neo Franky," is the "monster," but I have made him, now that he is a living person, able to laugh, sing, and exhibit his sensitive side, but as the film rolls along, his intelligence is slowly growing along with his ability to completely-fool real human beings when he dresses in a casual way.
"Neo Franky," is learning to be deceptive as he acts as he is tired and wants to rest on his table in "Bruce's" basement, but as soon as "Bruce's" back is turned, "Neo," silently escapes the basement confines and starts his journey to explore the "real" life "Bruce" has given him.
His journey takes him to downtown Los Angeles where he sees a group of angry protesters staging a march against a huge corporation, "Chem-Solutions and Logics," which has been found out to be polluting area streams with their poisonous chemical waste materials dumped into the clean water.
"Neo Franky," now able to communicate with humans, discusses the protest with one of the "extras," who will play the protesters. Before long, "Neo," is standing out in front with his own degrading message to the huge company for their crimes and making friends with all of the protesters. William Atherton, "Real Science," plays the CEO, "Jeffrey Spears," of this powerful company who has had enough of "Neo Franky's" vocal insults and foolishly tries to take him down, but "Neo," reacts like a caged cat and decks him in a millisecond.
"Neo's" troubles escalate
"Spears," comes to and summons the police. This scares "Neo" and he begins to run like a track star, another ability "Bruce" has installed in his being. He runs deep into a suburb section of Los Angeles and hides in an empty garage that once held a Jaguar XK-3 before the economy spiraled out of control.
The LA. Police use a tranaquilizer dart and a sensitive psychologist, "Jack Eastman," played by David Conrad (Ghost Whisperer, "Sam Lucas/Jim Clancy," Naval lieutenant in Men of Honor), who talks "Neo" to give himself up. "Neo" trusts "Eastman," and soon, the two form a strong bond as "Neo" is confused to be a real human being and talks in length about various topics while he is awaiting his trail for assaulting "Spears."
Here comes the calvary
When "Bruce," hears of this situation, he and "Dr. Wildman," Scott Bakula, put their heads together and "Wildman," has a terrific idea. I cannot reveal what his idea is. That would give the Oscar-award-winning ending of this film away and you and your friends would not buy a ticket to see my "Neo Franky," "Frankenstein" upgrade.
You have every right to laugh at this film upgrade. Even grow angry at my attempt to make a version of "Frankenstein" for the ages, but hey, this has as good of a chance in succeeding as those "real" "bombs," "Criminal," with Kevin Costner and "Dead Pool."
And lest we forget "the" film that defined the phrase: "Waste of time": Ishtar with Dustin Hoffman, "Chuck Clark," and Warren Beatty, "Lyle Rogers," released (and quickly forgotten) May 15, 1987.
"Neo Franky" will have cameos by these celebrities
My proposed cast I want for "Neo Franky"
- Ray Liotta - "Dr. Bruce Frank N. Stein," wealthy great (nine times removed) nephew of the original, "Dr. Henry Frankenstein," of the 1931 "Frankenstein" film. "Bruce," once a brilliant medical student was writing his thesis on "Resurrecting The Non-Alive," and became obsessed with the "greatest" medical breakthrough in modern medicine: bringing a deceased man back to life. But "Bruce's" laboratory is not the dark, drab lab of his great (nine times removed) uncle "Dr. Henry Frankenstein," but a lavishly-furnished basement complete with hot tub, "Kenny G," tunes playing continuously through an expensive sound system designed for his two-story mansion which does not look the part of a wealthy ex-med student who just up and left UCLA one dark and rainy night to pursue his secret studies of resurrecting the dead.
- Scott Backula - "Dr. Wildman," "Bruce's" best buddy who he keeps on the payroll to run errands for him and pick up needed-supplies to help him accomplish his greatest feat of giving life to a man who passed away from natural causes. No mention or reflection of the smog-filled atmosphere in 2017 Los Angeles.
- Scarlett Johanssen - "Penny," "Bruce's" love-starved bride-to-be and head of her own chapter of N.O.W. and loves "Bruce," so much that she is blinded from seeing the truth of his quiet attempts to play God in modern America.
- Michelle Rodriguez - "Blaze Romaro," "Penny's BFF and sorority sister from USC. I only put Michelle in this cast because of her natural good looks and how she made the final installment of "Fast and Furious" so spell-binding. Did I say she has natural good looks?
- Paul Sorvino - "Lt. Max Baxter," a 22-year veteran of the L.A. Police Dept. and thought of as a "super sleuth." "Baxter," is the investigating officer when several dead bodies are exhumed by "Bruce" and his pal, "Dr. Wildman," to use in the recreation of a man-made-man. (I think I hurt my keyboard in typing those last three words).
- Eric Roberts - "Thomas Moritz," gay friend of "Bruce," who has a secret. "Moritz," has a dark, twisted side where he loves to inflict his presence on men who are heterosexuals to see them squirm in discomfort as he invites them out for a drink, a "cold one between buddies," as he says. Then he shows up at the bar dressed as a showgirl of early Las Vegas. "Bruce," is responsible for getting "Moritz," a two-year probation from an arrest charging him with assault of an innocent bartender with his sharp nails. "Moritz," pleaded "guilty," and the judge, (cameo by Chevy Chase), is a high school pal of "Bruce," and only handed down the probation for "Moritz," as a personal favor to "Bruce."
- David Strathairn - "Ray McDeere," "The Firm," makes a strong cameo as "Elmer N. Stein," "Bruce's" uncle who was injured picking fruit in Florida and now lives in the upstairs of "Bruce's" obscure mansion.
- Javier Bardem - "Billy Tom Yuker," a nosy reporter for the L.A. Times and sometimes drinking buddy of "Thomas Moritz." "Yuker" is the only heterosexual who "Moritz," respects. Toward the end of the film, "Yuker," discovers the secret that has driven "Bruce," for so long. There is also a fight scene but with only a bit of mild violence between "Yuker," and "Lt. Baxter," who naturally do not like each other.
© 2016 Kenneth Avery