Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 and possible I, Frankenstein screenwriter Stuart Beattie may be delaying one 2012 film to write/direct another film. Tomorrow, When The War Began 2‘s writer/director Stuart Beattie is one prolific and sought after screenwriter. Melbourne-born Stuart Beattie, who has already written
[Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Tomorrow, When the War Began, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Australia, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Collateral, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl], has been brought on to write and direct new Lakeshore Entertainment film I, Frankenstein, based on a DarkStorm Studios graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux.
But like Tomorrow 2, the shoot is scheduled to take place around September/October.
A spokeswoman for Ambience Entertainment, which is also involved with the sequel, wouldn’t elaborate too much further on the official Facebook posting:
“What great news for Stuart! It’s so great to see that international producers are recognising the collection of great talent involved in our film! Be rest assured there is still the same energy and excitement from the producers propelling Tomorrow 2 forward, so stay tuned for futher exciting news!”
The spokeswoman added they were still hopeful the Tomorrow sequel, which was announced just over a month ago, would begin filming around the scheduled time.
I, Frankenstein, which originally had Underworld: Rise of the Lycans director Patrick Tatopoulos attached at the top, will bring back classic monster characters such as Frankenstein’s Monster, The Invisible Man and Dracula.
The Tomorrow sequel will be produced, edited and finished entirely in Australia, and is expected to generate more than 450 jobs and inject about $40 million into the NSW economy.
The original $27 million film was last year’s biggest Australian movie at the local box office taking in $13.5 million, however it hasn’t landed a US distribution deal.
As the the writer/director of Tomorrow, When The War Began 2, this news means Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 grids to a stand still until Stuart Beattie returns or a replacement director is found. We wrote about the production gearing up here: Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 (2012): Sequel Moving Ahead. The returning cast from Tomorrow, When The War Began includes Caitlin Stasey, Phoebe Tonkin, Deniz Akdeniz, Ashleigh Cummings, Chris Pang, and Andrew Ryan. Production on Tomorrow, When The War Began 2 is supposed to began is September of 2011.