DiCaprio set to produce adaptation of H. G. Wells’ ‘Island of Dr. Moreau’

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company and Warner Bros. Pictures have started work on a new adaptation of H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction novel, “The Island of Doctor Moreau” according to Deadline. Writers of the hit TV series “Hemlock Grove,” Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, are working on a script for the film.

Published by Heinemann in 1896, the H. G. Wells’ (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine) classic has been adapted to film previously many times, the most recent being the 1996 film starring Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis.

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying a profoundly unusual cargo – a menagerie of savage animals. Tended to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. Here, he meets Montgomery’s master, the sinister Dr. Moreau – a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilised world. It soon becomes clear he has been developing these experiments – with truly horrific results.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Connolly will produce this latest movie adaptation of “The Island of Doctor Moreau.”

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