EXCLUSIVE: Creepily Good I, FRANKENSTEIN Concept Art By Martin Mercer

Conceptual illustrator and storyboard artist Martin Mercer ("Iron Man 3"), was nice enough to send us his pitch/pre-production concept art that he created for Stuart Beattie's I, Frankenstein.

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Martin Mercer, has been a professional artist working in the entertainment field for over 20 years. He's created cinematic storyboards and concept art for a whole slew of Hollywood films - recently Marvel Studios blockbuster Iron Man 3 and Noam Murro's upcoming action film, 300: Rise of an Empire.

Below, you will find pitch/pre-production artwork that Martin Mercer illustrated for Stuart Beattie's I, Frankenstein. The pitch artwork was helped the film get green-lit. His demon designs influenced producers to use demons and not vampires as the film's antagonists.


Gargoyles & Demons Concept Art by Martin Mercer









200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. From the co-writer of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie, based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel "I, Frankenstein" created by Kevin Grevioux. The story is brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.

I, Frankenstein is written and directed by Stuart Beattie ("30 Days of Night"). The film is based on a graphic novel created by Kevin Grevioux. The cast includes: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young. Now playing!
Source: Martin Mercer
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DrunkenNukem - 2/3/2014, 6:59 PM
But not as creepy as Jacky....

SuperCat - 2/3/2014, 7:16 PM
Damn. Nice concept art. Was the movie really that bad?
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 7:21 PM
Super rad artwork.
Mary Shelly is rolling in her grave at the movie though.
rabid - 2/3/2014, 7:39 PM
Mary Shelly would have loved this movie. It's one of the more honest and faithful interpretations of the monster, when you consider that most people know him from the terrible universal movies or the Munsters.
@SuperCat
The movie was great! Anyone that tells you its a turd probably hasn't seen it or watched some grainy bootleg.
SuperCat - 2/3/2014, 7:48 PM
Thanks, rabid!
HellsHammer - 2/3/2014, 8:08 PM
Rabid
I'll check it out then
Silentman - 2/3/2014, 8:15 PM
These are pretty awesome. What happened between these and the end product?
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 8:41 PM
You must have never even heard of the book if you think Frankenstein's monster (Who was never named, because the whole point was everyone hated him for being a hideous THING) killing demons with a sword in modern times in order to save humanity (Whom he hated) is faithful.
It may be a fun action movie, but it certainly is no Frankenstein movie.
damntree - 2/3/2014, 8:51 PM
He gave himself the name dumbass; isn't this common knowledge by now?
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 9:00 PM
The monster refers to himself and the "Adam of your labours" once when he talks to Victor. But this was for biblical reference, he never adopted the name Adam. You must be thinking about some comic or movie.
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 9:07 PM
The whole point of Frankenstein's Monster Was that he was a horrible creature who was the only one of his kind. From the moment he was "Born" his creator was terrified of him and shunned him, without even giving him a name. The monster yearned for the love of his Master, which included wanting Victor to name him and create a female for him.
Maybe do some reading before falsely calling me a dumbass.
EagleEye21 - 2/3/2014, 9:36 PM
@damntree no Miranda Otto named him Adam, watch the movie again
ChanchoMcGrady - 2/3/2014, 10:03 PM
@CuddlyCereal
This movie is not based on Mary Shelley's novel. It is based on a graphic novel. It isn't called "I, Frankenstein" because it parallels the themes of the original novel, it is named that because the monster has a similar origin. No need to be pretentious. It can be a Frankenstein movie if it wants to.

Haven't seen it but it looks fun. Also, this art is great.
ChanchoMcGrady - 2/3/2014, 10:14 PM
@CuddlyCereal
Ah, didn't realize you were responding to someone. Sorry.
Anyway, not sure if Shelley would have liked it, but it's still a Frankenstein movie.
EagleEye21 - 2/3/2014, 10:21 PM
@Chancho It's a guilty pleasure kinda movie. Still bad, but fun bad
damntree - 2/3/2014, 10:26 PM
@Cuddly Wtf does any of that have to with the monster calling himself Frankenstein? He adopted the name of his creator/father in THIS story. Seriously, is it such a leap?

@Eagle I'm talking about the name Frankenstein which he does give himself at the end; go watch it yourself.
EagleEye21 - 2/3/2014, 10:30 PM
I did, but you didn't make yourself clear
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 10:53 PM
It is a HUGE leap if you read the novel. Victor was a huge shit to the monster, and in turn the monster killed his family and friends.
Honestly, if you going to deviate this radically why even use the name Frankenstein. It's not like the general audience were aching to see a movie about Frankenstein's Monster...
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 11:03 PM
I mean if the whole point of the character is that its degrading to not have a name, and hurtful to just be called the monster or the devil ect...causing him to hate humanity.
At what point does someone go...We really need to have Frankenstein in the title, but [frick] all that other stuff. We're going to make him a cool guy who fights demons and wears hoodies.
EagleEye21 - 2/3/2014, 11:06 PM
Well I'm just happy to see Live action Gargoyles
damntree - 2/3/2014, 11:33 PM
@Eagle - Well considering it's the only name he gives himself I don't know why it would need clarification.

@Cuddly - The point is he's called Frankenstein in this movie because that's the name he gives himself for obvious reasons. Why this movie/story was made, the reasons behind its deviations, its merits or lack of I will not argue because frankly(wink) I don't give a damn. Also, I'd bet most who attended high school have read Frankenstein.
CuddlyCereal - 2/3/2014, 11:38 PM
I got started when someone said this movie was faithful to the original work.
Faithful it is not. Not even close. And that's all I really have left to say.
jimoakley666 - 2/3/2014, 11:43 PM
@rabid - "...the terrible universal movies..."

That statement makes your opinion instantly invalid.
MrSuperheromoviefan - 2/4/2014, 1:08 AM
The movie is overhated, I saw the movie and I liked it.
The actors did a great job, the action was good, the cgi had its problem, but in most part was good.
I would give it 7.5/10
If you like the underworld movie(except the second)than you will like this one.
Go see it
Manmarvel - 2/4/2014, 3:34 AM
@cuddly sorry to chime in here but did you watch the movie? I for one have not studied the original works of Mary Shelly to be at all offended by what was made of this creature by the end of the movie but I do have to say based on what you have described, his origins were actually rather spot on, it's what happened after, over the next 200 years that differed drastically. It's a "what if" story and therefor has liberties it can take. He was nameless, he was shun, he killed Frankenstein's love, and was responsible for Victor's death. It goes on to show that he not only hated his creator but loved or at least respected him by burring him in his families plot. He is wanted by the demons at this time because he is a soulless monster. He then is given the name Adam and over 200 years, finds a purpose and heart and even soul.
KIDDSOUL - 2/4/2014, 7:10 AM
I think the movie is really good. Stuart Beattie did a good job interpreting Grevioux's Novel.

I think Stuart Beattie or even Guillermo Del Toro would be awesome directors for characters and comics like:

Seven soldiers of victory (Grant Morrison version)
Justice League Dark
Swamp Thing
Doctor Strange
Ghost Rider reboot!
rabid - 2/4/2014, 8:48 AM
@cuddlycereal
Mary Shelley named her monster twice... not in the book, but in the public readings of her novel. She named him sometimes Prometheus, sometimes Adam (the name he uses in this film). I say that it's a faithful interpretation because the monster in her story is intelligent and after some psychological birth pangs, he learns to read in other languages and he learns the skills of man. At the end of the novel, he is left alive in the Arctic seemingly to perish, but this movie serves as a sequel to that... in which he lives and learns to live alongside man, eventually becoming a badass. So yes, in terms of a sequel, it is faithful to the original novel. The only difference really is that the monster in the novel is a bit taller.
rabid - 2/4/2014, 8:55 AM
@jimoakley666
The Universal films kill the monster off in the castle while he is still a mentally retarded beast. No emotional growth. No suspense as Victor chases his creation to the far north. No portrayal of the monster as having a human mind capable of learning speech and skill.
You may like your Frankenstein monster retarded, green,and with neckbolts, but I'm a fan of the original. A disfigured man who is confused by what he's become and why, but capable of overcoming his station in life.
loki668 - 2/5/2014, 12:39 AM
Actually, the creature from Mary Shelley's novel is WAY taller and stronger than the portrayal in this film. The old films failed to show his intellect and speed (several references were made, in the book, to him moving faster than the eye could follow). He was also a vegetarian. In the books, he proudly talks about how he only eats raw nuts, fruits, and vegetables. So, yeah, I know a bit about the story and, having seen this movie, I can say that Mary Shelley is truly dead for, if she was not, she would have already filed suit for "shitting on intellectual property".
rabid - 2/5/2014, 8:51 AM
She should have thought of that before she single-handedly created the science-fiction genre.

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