Doctor Jekyll is a 2022 British horror film and a modern re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1886 novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. This new adaptation focuses on a reclusive Nina Jekyll (Eddie Izzard) finding friendship with her newly hired help, Rob (Scott Chambers), who must work together to prevent Hyde from destroying her life.
Directed and co-produced by Joe Stephenson (Agatha and the Midnight Murders; Chicken) from a screenplay written by Dan Kelly-Mulhern. Also produced by Liam Coutts and Guy de Beaujeu.
The B Good Picture Company production stars Eddie Izzard (Hannibal series; Igor; The Avengers; Shadow of the Vampire; Tales from the Crypt series), Scott Chambers (Malevolent; Blood Money; Fox Trap), Lindsay Duncan (A Banquet; Frankenstein 2007), Robyn Cara, Jonathan Hyde, Morgan Watkins and Simon Callow (The Phantom of the Opera 2004).
Regular MOVIES and MANIA visitors will know actor Scott Chambers better by his pseudonym Scott Jeffrey as the director, writer and/or producer (104 credits!) of a multitude of British low-budget science fiction and horror films such as Exorcist Vengeance; The Gardener; Spider in the Attic; The Curse of Humpty Dumpty; The Mutation; Hatched; Dragon Fury; Conjuring the Genie; HellKat; Bats; Don’t Speak; Cupid; ClownDoll; The Final Scream and The Bad Nun.
Distribution and release:
Doctor Jekyll is currently in post-production and has no release date yet. Metro International Entertainment is handling the worldwide sales and is currently repping it at the Cannes Festival market.
Meanwhile, Hammer Studios will be releasing the film in the UK which has led to some over-eager websites exclaiming that it is a continuation of the legacy legendary Hammer Films production company that made The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960) and Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971).
As far as we are aware, none of the producers of Doctor Jekyll (2022) has any connection with any of the films made by the resurrected Hammer company that produced Let Me In (2010), The Resident (2011), Wake Wood (2011), The Woman in Black (2012), The Quiet Ones (2014), The Woman in Black: Angel of Death (2015) and The Lodge (2019). While some of these recent films are worthy, none of them has the classic Hammer feel’ and are, Hammer in-name-only.
Eddie Izzard previously stated that she was: “very excited to be playing the role of Nina Jekyll in this new feature film and it’s wonderful to be able to re-imagine this classic story in a modern way.”
Directed Joe Stephenson added to that, praising Izzard, “with her being the extraordinary and versatile actress she is, playing against Scott’s natural talent to make us believe in the good in people, I can’t wait to bring this suspenseful take on the iconic classic to life.”
Cast and confirmed characters:
Eddie Izzard … Doctor Jekyll
Scott Chambers … Rob
Robyn Cara … Maeve
Morgan Watkins … Ewan
Tony Jayawardena … Malcolm