Chris Evans’ ‘Jekyll’ Movie Lands ‘Zombieland‘ Director Ruben Fleischer
Back in July, Chris Evans signed on to headline Jekyll, a new dramatic thriller that offers a contemporary take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel, with the Marvel star set to play the dual roles of the good doctor and his sinister alter ego. With a script by Nice Guys scribes Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, Jekyll just needed the right director — and it appears that Lionsgate has found one in Ruben Fleischer.
Per Deadline, Fleischer, best known for helming Zombieland and Gangster Squad, has signed on to direct Jekyll, based on Steven Moffat’s BBC One miniseries from 2007. Inspired by the classic Stevenson novel, the series starred James Nesbitt as Tom Jackman, a modern descendant of Dr. Jekyll who discovers that he too possesses the same nefarious tendencies of his ancestor’s alter ego. Using advances in science and technology, Jackman tries to keep his darker half at bay.
Evans will play the roles of both Jackman and his own Mr. Hyde, who try — and fail — to peacefully co-exist, ultimately complicating Jackman’s relationship with his family.
Despite Fleischer’s hit-or-miss track record, Jekyll sounds promising: It give Evans a chance to (literally) show off a different side of his talents, and it has a screenplay by two very talented writers — Bagarozzi and Mondry — who worked with Shane Black on The Nice Guys as well as his long-developing Doc Savage movie (and they also penned the screenplay for the upcoming Death Note movie).
As for Fleischer, Jekyll presents a couple of potential conflicts: First with the Zombieland sequel, which original writers (and Deadpool scribes) Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been developing for some time. Then there’s Universal’s plans for a Dr. Jekyll film starring Russell Crowe, who makes his debut as the classic literary character in The Mummy.