Doctor Jekyll
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoe Stephenson
Written byDan Kelly-Mulhern
Based onStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Produced by
  • Liam Coutts
  • Joe Stephenson
  • Guy de Beaujeu
Starring
CinematographyBirgit Dierken
Edited by
  • Joe Stephenson
  • Andrew Hulme
Music byBlair Mowat
Production
companies
Distributed byHammer Studios
Release dates
  • 25 August 2023 (2023-08-25) (FrightFest)
  • 27 October 2023 (2023-10-27)
Running time
89 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$21,524[2]

Doctor Jekyll is a 2023 British gothic horror film directed by Joe Stephenson, written by Dan Kelly-Mulhern, and starring Eddie Izzard as the title character. It is an adaptation of the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The film had its world premiere at FrightFest on 25 August 2023 and was released in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2023.

Premise

Dr. Nina Jekyll pushed the glass ceiling of the pharmaceutical industry to its limits, rubbing shoulders with the elite, becoming a household name and making herself a fortune. But her success came at a cost, and after scandal forced her out of the spotlight she now lives in seclusion with her demons. In need of an assistant, Jekyll hires ex-con Rob, straight out of rehab and trying to get back on his feet. It soon becomes clear that there are evil forces at play and Rob's wits are tested in a game of cat and mouse with the Devil in all its forms.

— Metro International Entertainment[3]

Cast

Production

The project was announced in February 2022, with Eddie Izzard and Scott Chambers revealed to be starring, with Joe Stephenson attached as director, and Dan Kelly-Mulhern making his screenwriting debut. Stephenson, Guy de Beaujeu, Liam Coutts and Christian Angermayer were unveiled as producers, along with B Good Picture Company and Fluidity Films as the production companies.[7] In March, Lindsay Duncan and Simon Callow were revealed to have joined the cast, alongside more of the supporting cast. Principal photography also concluded that month.[8]

Release

In March 2022, Hammer Studios acquired UK distribution rights.[6] Doctor Jekyll had its worldwide premiere at FrightFest on 25 August 2023.[9][5] It was released in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2023.[10]

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 38% of 16 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.9/10.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Doctor Jekyll (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 12 October 2023. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  2. ^ "Doctor Jekyll (2023)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Doctor Jekyll - Metro International Entertainment". Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  4. ^ Squires, John (8 August 2023). "Doctor Jekyll – Short Teaser Video Previews Eddie Izzard's Arrival as Dr. Nina Jekyll". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Doctor Jekyll". FrightFest. Retrieved 8 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b Ramachandran, Naman (7 March 2022). "Eddie Izzard-Starring Doctor Jekyll Boarded by Hammer Studios". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  7. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (7 February 2022). "Eddie Izzard to Star in 'Doctor Jekyll,' Joe Stephenson to Direct". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  8. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (16 March 2022). "Lindsay Duncan, Simon Callow Join 'Doctor Jekyll'; Principal Photography Wraps (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  9. ^ Ntim, Zac (13 July 2023). "UK Genre Event FrightFest Unveils Lineup For 2023 Edition". Deadline. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  10. ^ Butcher, Sophie (13 September 2023). "Eddie Izzard Is Doctor Jekyll In New Hammer Film, With October Release Date Confirmed – Exclusive". Empire. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  11. ^ "Doctor Jekyll". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 13 November 2023.