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I, Frankenstein is more than a remake

Graphic novelist Kevin Grevioux reimagines the story of the soulless monster

Juliana Norwood | 1/30/2014, midnight

In an industry not easily penetrated, Grevioux found success as an actor staring in such films as: Planet of the Apes, The Hulk, Men in Black II, Batman Forever, The Mask and a number of others. Grevioux co-wrote, co-created, and starred in the Underworld franchise, which was his first produced writing credit.

The ever-impressive Grevioux also found work on the comic book scene with both Marvel and DC Comics, writing such characters as Spider-Man, Blade, Thor, Iron Man, Batman, Superman and more, and established an independent creator-owned comic book/graphic novel company called Darkstorm Studios, under which he created I, Frankenstein.

Grevioux stars in the film as Dekar, the right-hand man to evil Prince Naberius.

“I always write a part for myself in everything I write,” said Grevioux. “As a creator, and as someone wearing all of these hats, I think you need to generate your own work. Being a filmmaker is difficult. It’s hard to break in, and if you don’t create your own work, you are waiting for someone else to put you in their movie, and that is the kiss of death for anyone in any field.”

Admitting that he sometimes pulls from his own personal experiences to leave subliminal messages in his work, Grevioux explained the significance of Adam’s struggle with self-identity.

“When you are considered different, you have your perception of yourself and then other people’s perception of you. So the underlying message in the film was… Is Adam a man, is he a monster, or is he both?” he continues. “Looking at my own life as a Black man, a lot of the time we find ourselves in the same position. At one time even we weren’t considered human. But, you have to fight other people’s perceptions of you and with that comes responsibility and also a way to work within a world that you never made. So that’s one of the metaphors that Frankenstein presents for me.”

I, Frankenstein provides the excitement and fantasy you come to expect with a sci-fi action-thriller and ties in messages of morality, religion, personal identity and conscience that make a centuries-old tale relevant to today’s reality.