Dark Universe Powers Ahead
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which delivered the recent horror hit The Invisible Man, has announced it’s developing an untitled Dracula movie.
Similar to The Invisible Man, this project will not be set at a Blumhouse studio. As Blum has a first-look deal with Universal Studios, that’s where it’ll be set.
Karyn Kusama (Destroyer, Jennifer’s Body), is attached to direct the Dracula project. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who teamed with Kusama on Destroyer and The Invitation, are writing the script.
The Count Dracula character was created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel Dracula as the vampire which moved from Transylvania to England and battled with Professor Abraham Van Helsing. The character was memorably portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Universal’s Dracula (1931). More recently, Luke Evans played the vampire in the critically-savaged Dracula Untold (2014), which grossed $217 million worldwide for Universal.
Universal has already been moving towards repeating the success of The Invisible Man, which stars Elisabeth Moss and which recently topped $100 million worldwide on a $7 million budget. It also announced last week that it was teaming with Aquaman director James Wan on a horror/thriller inspired by Universal’s Frankenstein’s monster legacy.
The Invisible Man is a modern-day version of the studio’s 1933 movie of the same name, which starred Claude Rains. Other Universal monsters of that era, which are all likely to be revived, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man and Creature From The Black Lagoon.
We’ll update you further on this when we get more details.