Right now, there is a great documentary on Netflix called Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. It follows the director's downward spiral on set as he attempted to make the 1996 fantasy horror thriller The Island of Dr. Moreau. The film was such a substantial bomb, no one has wanted to touch it since. Until now. Only instead of another big screen reboot, of which there are many, the classic novel is going to become a weekly TV series on CBS.
Sleepy Hollow series creator Phillip Iscove is set to take on another historical legend for the small screen. He is going to reconstruct one of H.G. Wells' more infamous titles, with a drama series based on The Island of Dr. Moreau. CBS has already handed out a script commitment for the show. And it sounds like the basic story is getting a major overhaul.
There is one major twist in this new version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. It will center on the intelligent and fearless Dr. Katherine Moreau. She sets out to expand the boundaries of medicine through bold and revolutionary scientific experimentation and treatments in her privately funded island hospital. In the book, the doctor, who doesn't have a first name, is a man. And he has an assistant named Montgomery. Phillip Iscove is writing the pilot script, and will executive produce the drama series for CBS Television Studios. Kennedy/Marshall Co.'s Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski will serve as producers.
First published in 1896, the novel is narrated by Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The original novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. The story has been recently referenced on the BBC's extremely popular series Orphan Black. But there have been a great number of remakes over the years.
The first filmed version of The Island of Dr. Moreau came in 1932, starring Bela Lugosi. The most popular remake arrived in 1977 and starred Burt Lancaster and Michael York. Then, of course, as mentioned earlier, there was the 1996 version that starred Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. The tale has also been reference on a number of television shows. Most notably in an episode of The Simpsons, in a Treehouse of Horrors episode.
Phillip Iscove's The Island of Dr. Moreau will be updated for present day. It arrives as medical dramas continue to rack up huge ratings on broadcast TV. CBS also has Code Black premiering this fall. And NBC is getting in on the game with Chicago Med. It isn't known when The Island of Dr. Moreau will debut. It could be a summer series, or a fall 2016 entry. What do you think? Is it time this classic got reimagined for the small screen?