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Ruben Fleischer to Direct Lionsgate’s ‘Jekyll’ Starring Chris Evans

Variety logo Variety 12/13/2016 Justin Kroll
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“Gangster Squad” director Ruben Fleischer is set to direct Lionsgate’s “Jekyll,” the studio’s new take on the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Chris Evans is attached to star.

Based on the six-episode BBC One Television mini-series from 2007, the show followed a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who begins to exhibit the trademark split personality. The father and husband abandons his family, without explaining why, and lives in a fortified basement with a psychiatric nurse as his ally. When they strap the doctor to a metal chair, she watches him transform into an alter ego who rages, shows heightened strength and speed, and can also be a charming, flirtatious scoundrel as well. The two personalities try to coexist, even though one doesn’t remember what the other does while in control of the body.

Marc Platt is producing with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, through their A Very Good Production banner. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry have written a script.

Fleischer is currently a producer on Brie Larson’s directorial debut, “Unicorn Store.” He is also developing a sequel to the cult hit “Zombieland” which starred Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson.

Fleischer is repped by CAA and Management 360. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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