Local horror film I, Frankenstein is set to begin its 10-week shoot in Victoria next week.

The story, based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux which picks up where Mary Shelley's classic novel finishes, follows Dr. Frankenstein's creature (Aaron Eckhart) into a present day, gothic metropolis, where he is drawn into a power struggle between two immortal clans.

The film, which stars Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Bill Nighy (Underworld), Miranda Otto (South Solitary), Yvonne Strahovski (Killer Elite) and Socratis Otto (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), will begin production on February 27.

I, Frankenstein writer/director Stuart Beattie said in a statement: "Mary Shelley's story is about the creation of the first human being. I, Frankenstein is the story about that being becoming human."

The film is being produced by US-based Lakeshore Entertainment and Australia's Hopscotch Features. The film is expected to be released in late-2012.

Contact this reporter at bswift@www.if.com.au or on Twitter at @bcswift.

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