Watching Chris Evans as Captain America, it’s become obvious he’s got great range. He can be funny, imposing, and intense all at the same time. Now, he’s got a director who’ll try to bring that all out of him as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Back in July, we reported that Evans would play the lead role in Jekyll in an adaptation of the 2007 BBC One series written by Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat. Now, Deadline reports that Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is attached to make the film for Lionsgate.
Like the miniseries, Jekyll won’t be a straight adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel. It’s more of a sequel, set in modern times, about a descendant of Jekyll who starts to exhibit the same split personality. He attempts to shut himself out from the world, but the draw of his family is too great.
Though every single element of this project sounds amazing, Deadline points out it’s not a sure thing. Evans is busy with his Avengers films, there are other Jekyll and Hyde projects in development (including the fact Russell Crowe is playing him in the Universal Monster films), and that Fleischer has a few other films on his plate, the most exciting of which is Zombieland 2. So, though Jekyll sounds great, it may take a while to happen, if it does at all.