A modern movie version of 'Frankenstein' is to be made.

'X-Men' producer Ralph Winter and Terry Botwick, who was previously president of Vanguard Films, are working on the project after acquiring the rights to Dean Koontz's 'Frankenstein'.

Instead of the traditional setting for the horror character, the movie - which could be turned into a franchise - will be set in modern day New Orleans.

Ralph and Terry told Variety: "These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theatres for many years to come."

So far three Frankenstein books have been published by Koontz - the first, 'Prodigal Son' was published in 2005, with follow-ups 'City of Night' and 'Dead and Alive'.

A fourth book, 'Lost Souls', is to be published in June, with a further two books released in 2011 and 2012.

The stories focus on a socially prominent doctor and businessperson who creates super-human Deucalion.

Robert De Niro previously played the role of The Creature in the 1994 version of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', although no casting suggestions have yet been made for the new adaptation.