Magazine article Screen International

Rainmark Reveals Sean Bean 'Frankenstein Chronicles' Details

Magazine article Screen International

Rainmark Reveals Sean Bean 'Frankenstein Chronicles' Details

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The London-based production company came close to making the series for Channel 4, but the broadcaster backed out of the project and it became ITV Encore's first original commission last year.

"This project was in development with C4 for two years but they cancelled it. Fortunately for us, ITV was just about to launch Encore," said Rainmark managing director Scoffield.

"We sent it to them - not knowing whether it would fit - and they felt like it would sit well."

The Frankenstein Chronicles is currently in production in Northern Ireland, where it has received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, and Endemol Shine International will be selling the six-part series at MipTV in Cannes next month.

Sean Bean leads the cast in his first series for ITV since Sharpe. He plays a fearless detective on the hunt for a crazed killer through the dark recesses of Regency London.

"We were taken by the originality of this project," Scoffield said. "It's a mash-up of a genre detective thriller and a horror brand. As it is set at the same time that Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was written, and with Mary Shelley being a character in the series, it feels very real. …

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