Back before Steven Moffat was juggling Doctor Who and Sherlock, he wrote a really rather good mini-series called Jekyll which aired in 2007. It was a contemporary sequel to The Strange Case Of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde, featuring a descendant of the book’s personality-swapping protagonist. The only major problem with it was the appalling curly hairstyle that star James Nesbit was forced to wear throughout. It made him look less like a classic literary monster and more like a 1970s footballer.
As it was a Moffat show, though, you can guess that there were a few twists along the way.
And now that series is being remade as a Hollywood film, and the latest news on that front is that Captain America star Chris Evans has now been confirmed to be playing Jekyll & Hyde in it. Deadline also reports that the film is moving ahead under the helmsmanship of Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.
Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman are producing Jekyll through their A Very Good Production banner. Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry are writing the film’s script, based on Steven Moffat’s six-episode series.
It could take a while for the film to get into production, though. Bagarozzi and Mondry are also working on the upcoming live-action Doc Savage and Death Note adaptations while Evans will be busy with the two-part Avengers: Infinity War for quite some while.
In the meantime, another Jekyll will be seen on screen in the form of Russell Crowe in the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy.