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Lisa Frankenstein : Trailer / Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Williams’ Directorial Debut film

Focus Features has dropped a full-length trailer for the Diablo Cody-penned new horror comedy “Lisa Frankenstein” which is set to open exclusively in cinemas on February 9th.

Directed by Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams, the film marks her feature directorial debut. A new project, starring Kathryn Newton, Cole Sprouse, Liza Soberano, Henry Eikenberry, Joe Chrest and Carla Gugino.

Here’s the synopsis : The film is “a coming of RAGE love story”…Set in 1980’s, about a misunderstood teenager(Kathryn Newton) and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse(Cole Sprouse). After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.” 

The latest project marks the first film with a Cody script in five years, the last being “Tully”.  Mason Novick and Cody produce.

The trailer captured the flair of ’80s which is on full display, plus some of memorable lines from Newton and Sprouse giving an unexpectedly full-bodied performance as the seemingly voice-less creature. The new footage also shows her attempts at reanimating a handsome Victorian corpse and rebuilding him into her dream date, by uusing her broken tanning bed. The trailer reminded me of “Warm Bodies” which is also a more unconventional love story for the season of romance. It’s awkwardly cute.

Williams has spent a few years preparing her directing chops, by helming some of the music videos to short films, and it seems her sensibility is a strong match for Cody’s unique voice.

Focus Features will release the film in theaters on Friday, February 9, just in time for Valentine’s Day, adding to a stacked line-up of titles for the month led by Matthew Vaughn’s “Argylle.” The competition will be fierce at the theater as Valentine’s Day will see Madame Web, Bob Marley: One Love, and Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey 2, while Ethan Coen’s much-anticipated solo outing Drive-Away Dolls.

Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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