Dracula is about to get some brand new fans over at Universal.
Following the success of The Invisible Man, which starred Elisabeth Moss and reimagined the monster in the modern day context of gaslighting and domestic violence, Universal is looking to take its Monsterverse in a new direction.
Instead of an interconnected universe of monster movies, Universal plans on moderately budget, standalone entries. This plans to take a more filmmaker focused approach to the classic properties over star entries, ala The Mummy back in 2017.
Who better to tackle next then the infamous count? According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new Dracula film is in the works with Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct from a script by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Destroyer). This wouldn’t be Kusama’s first dip into the horror genre having directed the cult classic Jennifer’s Body. She also directed several episodes of HBO’s Stephen King adaptation of The Outsider.
One producer said of this new initiative, “It’s a ‘best idea wins’ approach and they are having the filmmakers find the individual stories.”
Also developing monster movies under this new direction are Paul Feig, Elizabeth Banks, and John Krasinski.
The last film attempt to make Dracula was 2014’s Dracula Untold, but there was the BBC and Netflix bonkers co-production hailing from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss earlier this years.
Dracula currently does not have a release date.