Although a version of the screen story was produced in 2004 by the USA Network based on Koontz’s concept, it wasn’t developed in the way Koontz wanted, (“I discovered I was in business with people who wanted to strip away the humor, the philosophy, the eccentric characters, and load it up with grunge and gore. My lifelong ability to be able to avoid committing homicide was sorely tested” he said in a 2008 interview) and he wrote a series of five novels telling the story his way. The first two were originally co-credited with other authors, but recent printings solely credit Koontz on the cover.
The script will be written by James V. Hart, one of the story contributors on and producers of the 1994 version of Mary Shelley’s classic story, and his son Jake. In the new tale, Frankenstein and his creature embroil New Orleans in their conflict, nearly 200 years after the events of the original book.