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Sony Resurrecting Dracula
Yup, another Stoker in the fire...

27 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Sony Resurrecting Dracula

You might have thought that, with Twilight’s last gleaming this year, vampire films were ready to head back into their coffins for a nap. But no! Hollywood has no plans to let them rest, and the pimp daddy of bloodsuckers, Dracula himself, is the subject of more than one movie stalking through the haunted halls of development. Now Sony thinks that what the word really needs is another take on the toothy terror.

The studio has nabbed a pitch from Machine Gun Preacher / Mirror Mirror writer Jason Kelly that will apparently tell yet another tale about Dracula’s origins. There are few details floating around at the moment, but according to Deadline it’s a period piece and, if successful, will be set as the launching point for a new franchise. Veteran producer Joe Roth is attached to lock in the requisite directing and acting types.

It’ll have more than a little competition: Universal recently revived Dracula: Year Zero with Gary Shore directing, Guillermo del Toro is looking to get a version of his Strain novels (co-written with Chuck Hogan) to the screen. And then there’s fellow novel adaptation The Passage, which finds Matt Reeves back in vamp territory for a tale of government experiments gone badly wrong. That’s without mentioning all the non-Drac-specific vampire stories floating around looking to bite.

So we could be in for yet another filmic arms race, with various studios looking to get their re-invented story out ahead of the rest of the Drac pack…


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L: jobloffski I want to see a very faithful adaptation of the book. sp; Hell no.  You'd have a strong opening; Vampire Brides in the Castle.  Followed by a load of guff, then the awesome Ship's Journal section.  Then hours and hours and hours of a girl being a bit peaky in bed.    Plus in the book, Dracula is really ineffective.  It's abit suprising when you're accustomed to the Vampire-Prime we all know through the filtered pop culture versions. More

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I want to see a very faithful adaptation of the book. By that, I mean with a sense of shifting perspective as to what Dracula is or isn't, given that the novel is largely made up of letters, recordings, journals and what have you. And the effect on the various characters of knowing/knowing of Dracula is the context for it all. I want Van Helsing to be portrayed as doing what he does for how much he loves humanity, no Anthony Hopkins chewing scenery topped with ham, while standing on a mass More

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lets all fell hopeful for the fact that the executive producer 'Knight and Day' and 'Daddy Day Camp' is producing a Dracula film! Fuck off!! Vampires really aren't exciting anymore! Fair enough we have 'Let the Right One In' (and the superb 'Let Me In'), but since Stephanie Meyer screwed us over with some twinkle headed dildo lover, vampires just can't be the same anymore! I'm in the film industry, and if he thinks he can produce a decent vampire film with the resumé he has, I seriously wil More

Posted by devondude at 04:02 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

lets all fell hopeful for the fact that the executive producer 'Knight and Day' and 'Daddy Day Camp' is producing a Dracula film! Fuck off!! Vampires really aren't exciting anymore! Fair enough we have 'Let the Right One In' (and the superb 'Let Me In'), but since Stephanie Meyer screwed us over with some twinkle headed dildo lover, vampires just can't be the same anymore! I'm in the film industry, and if he thinks he can produce a decent vampire film with the resumé he has, I seriously wil More

Posted by devondude at 03:55 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

Well the last couple of times I've seen Charles Dance, I've been struck by his similarity to Christopher Lee. Dance is probably a bit old for a lead for a new franchise, but I just thought I'd mention it... More

Posted by sifter132 at 02:59 on 28 February 2012 | Report This Post

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