Robin Williams’ Daughter Directing Debut Stars Iconic Monster

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The comedy genre has seen better days as most major movie studios will no longer invest in theatrically released comedies since they rarely rake in as much as superhero blockbusters or franchises about cars and family. This shift has prompted comedic actors to rely on streaming services to keep the genre thriving. Even before this transition, only a select few comedic icons were capable of bringing in audiences on name alone. There has been legends like Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, and the incomparable Robin Williams.

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Robin Williams was a comedic genius whose ceaseless energy, extraordinary improvisational skills, and stellar acting prowess made him a household name and a media darling for decades. He would star in multiple classic films such as Disney’s Aladdin, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, The Birdcage, and Jumanji. Despite his boisterous persona, the superstar suffered from severe mental health issues. Unfortunately, near the end of his life, his early-onset dementia allegedly worsened his depression. This would eventually contribute to his untimely passing.

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His legacy would be difficult for even another actor to match (ask Will Smith), let alone one of his children. Williams’ eldest child, Zelda, would eventually join the film industry as an actor. She built an impressive resume doing mainly voiceover work for projects like Kick-Ass 2, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and most notably, The Legend of Korra. Williams has cited her father as her inspiration with her career pursuits.

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The talented thespian will now make her directorial debut helming the reimagining of one of the most iconic movie monsters of all time. Frankenstein’s monster has become a legendary figure in pop culture since Mary Shelly’s novel debuted in 1818. Since the creation of cinema, there have been numerous versions of the misunderstood monster. Whether he is a hulking behemoth played by Boris Karloff, the best friend to a hotel-owning Dracula, or even the mascot to a berry flavored cereal, the fictional creature has been in a constant state of reinvention.

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Zelda Williams will now be directing young adult (YA) romantic comedy called Lisa Frankenstein. The film will be a unique story that reimagines the mythology of the tragic, but endearing monstrosity. It will center around an unpopular high schooler (Kathryn Newton) in the 1980s who unintentionally reanimates a Victorian-Era corpse through a tanning bed.

His passable human appearance inspires her to mold her new creation into the ultimate boyfriend (Cole Sprouse). Hilarious hijinks will ensue, lessons will be learned and love can always be possible in this coming-of-age story.

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Williams expressed, “To have crossed the finish line on my first film [has been] on of the most joyful adventures of my life.” The script has been penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter, Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body). This collaboration has now debuted its first glimpse of the newest take on Shelley’s classic tale.

Lisa Frankenstein is set to debut February 9, 2024.

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