Ruben Fleischer to Direct Chris Evans in Lionsgate's 'Jekyll'

The film is an adaptation of the BBC One miniseries, which centers on a modern-day descendant who begins to show signs of his own split personality.
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Ruben Fleischer (left), Chris Evans

Ruben Fleischer will direct Chris Evans in Jekyll, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Zombieland and Gangster Squad helmer will take on Lionsgate's feature adaptation of the BBC One miniseries, which puts a modern take on the Robert Louis Stevenson story. Marc Platt is producing with Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production. Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry penned the script.

Steven Moffat's 2007 miniseries used the Strange Tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novella — about a doctor whose invented serum turns him into a murderous madman — as a prequel. It centered on Tom Jackman, a modern-day descendant of Jekyll who begins to demonstrate his own split personality with a curious alter ego, filled with rage and flirtations and equipped with heightened strength and speed abilities.

Fleischer's upcoming projects also include Sony's Zombieland sequel and the alien comedy The Regional Office Is Under Attack. He also directed the first two episodes of Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet with Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.

Fleischer is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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