Stuart Beattie's I, Frankenstein, will be filmed in Victoria, it was announced today.

The film, which stars The Dark Knight actor, Aaron Eckhart and is written and directed by Beattie, will carry out pre-production, filming and post-production in Melbourne.

Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux – the creator of the popular Underworld franchise, I, Frankenstein is the story of Frankenstein's monster, Adam (Eckhart), who, centuries after his birth, comes to aid of humankind as a war between two supernatural clans threatens to take over the Earth.

The film is described as a modern day gothic thriller, and is expected to create approximately 500 jobs for local cast and crew.

Precise locations in and around Melbourne are currently being determined, but the production will be primarily based at Docklands Studios. It is estimated that the film will spend up to $37 million in Victoria.

Shooting is scheduled to commence in February 2012. Hopscotch/eOne will distribute the film locally, with US distribution to be managed by Lionsgate.