Frankenstein is an American television movie of the sci-fi/thriller subgenre. It was produced in conjunction with the novel Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, written by famed horror author Dean Koontz, which borrows from the seminal 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Dean Koontz and executive producer Martin Scorsese left the project in mid-production due to creative differences, though Scorsese returned to see the movie reach completion. The novelization of the film was published by Bantam Books, following Dean Koontz's departure from the project. The film was directed by Marcus Nispel with a screenplay written by John Shiban. It premiered on the USA Network on Sunday, October 10th, 2004 at 9:00 pm EST/8:00 pm Central. The telemovie was conceived as a potential pilot for a series, but was not viewed favorably by network executives, so no future projects ever went into production. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein stands as a Gothic reinvention of Shelley's concepts, bringing the characters of Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his creation to the modern world of present-day New Orleans, Louisiana. The film stars Parker Posey as NOPD detective Carson O'Conner who reluctantly teams up with the scarred Deucalion (Vincent Perez) to stop the efforts of the evil Victor Frankenstein, played by Thomas Kretschmann, who now goes by the name Victor Helios. The film also stars Adam Goldberg as O'Conner's partner, Detective Michael Sloane, Michael Madsen as a rival detective named Harker and Ivana Milicevic as Victor Helios' wife, Erika, who has a few secrets of her own.
Dean Koontz bowed out of production on the film following creative disputes with USA Network. He collaborated with writer Kevin J. Anderson to work on a series of novels based on their original concepts. Koontz allowed the USA Network to use his characters, but requested that his name be removed from the final broadcast credits sequence.
A comic book adaptation of the film and novel was published by Dabel Brothers in 2008. The series ran for five issues and was collected in a hardcover edition. The series was reprinted in 2010 by Dynamite Entertainment.