The reboot of the iconic vampire movie will be directed by Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama.
When Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula released in theaters in 1992, based on the novel of the same name written in 1897 by Irish author Bram Stoker, horror fans were introduced to an undead vampire who travels from Transylvania to London in a bid to seduce his lawyer's fiancée and subsequently wreaks havoc in London, while vampire killer Professor Abraham Van Helsing's sole mission is to end to Dracula's tyranny. Now, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Production is set to bring back an untitled Dracula film to the big screen once again, reports Variety, following the success of the reboot of The Invisible Man in 2020, which has been deemed to be the only horror hit this year so far.
This version of Dracula is a different monster movie that will be set in modern times and will have a contemporary take on an old story. The movie will be directed by Karyn Kusama, who has previously directed other hit horror movies like Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation and crime thriller Destroyer. She is reportedly in the midst of setting up the project with Blumhouse Production. The script will be penned by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. The pair has worked with Kusuma before on many other projects like the Ride Along franchise, 2010's Clash of the Titans and 2013’s R.I.P.D.
At the moment Universal is currently not attached to the project, so in a sense, Dracula is up for grabs for other studios to take it under its wing, but The Hollywood Reporter states that it is unlikely to happen "given that Blumhouse has a first-look deal with the studio, and Universal isn't about to let one of its iconic monsters escape the fold." The character of Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, has been played by many actors over the years, but the most memorable one has been essayed by Bela Lugosi in Universal’s Dracula in 1931. In 2014, Luke Evans was the vampire in Dracula Untold, and this film earned $217 million globally for Universal.
Jason Blum and horror flicks are synonymous with each other given the success Blumhouse Productions has seen with franchises like Paranormal Activity, Sinister, and Purge to name a few. As for the currently untitled Dracula film, there is no information yet on potential cast members or when the film will release.
Over the years, the vampire genre has been featured in films that range from horror, comedy, romance and even animation. Most recently, Netflix streamed a BBC original miniseries on an eternal vampire that starred the charming Claes Bang. The synopsis of the show reads: "The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire's gory crimes -- and bring his vulnerability into the light." The miniseries was directed by Jonny Campbell; Damon Thomas; Paul McGuigan, and was produced by Hartswood Films.