The Island Of Dr. Moreau gets the Warner Bros treatment

It seems that The Island Of Dr. Moreau will be revisited once again as Warner Bros. intend to remake the 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. Those of you who haven’t see the previous film versions the story revolves around a shipwrecked man being rescued and taken to the home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like beings from animals through vivisection.

The story itself deals with plenty of philosophical themes and everything from moral responsibility and human interference with nature makes this an interesting background for another film version. The 1977 film starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York and Barbara Carrera was regarded as the second English-language movie version of this novel, and was revisited once again in 1996.

The 1996 version starred Marlon Brando as Dr. Moreau along with Val Kilmer and David Thewlis playing the shipwrecked character seen in the image. There is no doubt the novel is one that needs to be put on the big screen with a big budget and Cinema Blend discuss this being revisited once again by Warner Bros.

While some may question the need for another remake, we feel this is a story that can not only entertain, but add everything from horror, humour and morality and the 1996 version done this without the use of CGI to create the abominations Moreau regarded as his family.

According to reports the Warner Bros. version will be a contemporary re-interpretation of Wells’ original novel, and even though the science fiction theme will still be present they intend to deliver a “topical ecological message.” The aforementioned website talk about how they hope this new version will erase the memory of the 1996 film, although personally I found it was a pretty decent film at the time.

On the other hand, they hope that they go along the same lines as the 1996 version using physical effects as opposed to CGI. In addition, some may feel that with Warner Bros. on board this could be either a major success or a massive flop, so do you think Warner Bros. can do this old novel justice?