Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick’s Hollywood-based 1019 Entertainment today announced they have acquired the rights to author Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein.

Koontz’ series of books reposition the horror classic and brings it into the 21st century by placing the doctor, now known as the socially prominent and successful businessman Victor Helios, and his super-human original creation, Deucalion, in modern-day New Orleans.

“Each book has been a page-turner and we can’t wait for the fourth book to come out,” Winter and Botwick said. “This is the perfect vehicle to build a movie franchise series. Dean has rarely opened his treasure chest of stories to Hollywood, we are privileged and excited to work with him. “

Prior to forming 1019 Entertainment, Winter had a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox and produced such films as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fantastic Four.