A True-to-Text Adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde in the Works
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Aug 22, 2013 — Huntington Beach based BLB Media has announced plans to adapt Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde into a feature film focusing on maintaining the original context of this classic horror story and stay true to the text.
Writer/director B. Luciano Barsuglia has said that this independently produced feature film will not only target a theatrical release, but classrooms across the world. “We intend on making a movie that can also be a teaching tool,” notes Barsuglia. “There are, literally, more than 300 movies based on Stevenson’s novella and none of them can be used in a classroom as a viable companion piece to the classic piece of literature.”
Barsuglia is a filmmaker, but also an English teacher who has been teaching the novella for the last ten years. “It’s always been a disappointment to me that there is not an adequate movie version of this incredible tale to use as a companion piece to the novella in the classroom.”
The filmmaker is hoping to raise additional funds for the project on the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo at http://igg.me/at/jekyllhydemovie. In total, he hopes to raise about $16,000 for the project by Sept. 30. “No, it doesn’t have the star power of James Franco or Spike Lee, but this is what crowd-funding is truly about, helping the independent artists bring their projects and dreams to fruition.”
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is currently in pre-production and will go into production in November. It has a 2014 release currently scheduled. The film will star indie film mainstay Jed Rowen (appearing in nearly 100 movies) and Bobby Field with other casting still underway.
Barsuglia has produced and directed three feature films, written two study guides (including one for Jekyll and Hyde), written three novels, and founded the SoCal Independent Film Festival currently in its 9th year.