Summit Entertainment has picked up the distribution rights to the forthcoming novel This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel. The book is a prequel to the original Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley. Here's the plot description of the book, which will be published this summer by Simon & Schuster:

"Victor and Konrad are the twin brother Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real.

They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixer of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula.

Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor in the quest for three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees of Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one's own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another."

Karen Rosenfelt, producer of all the Twilight movies for Summit, will produce this upcoming adaptation. No production schedule was released at this time.

We also reported in December that Sony is moving forward on a new Frankenstein project as well, which will update the classic character's story into the present day.