‘Dracula’ Retelling from ‘Mirror Mirror’ Writer in the Works

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 28th, 2012 at 9:00 am,

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Were you already struggling to keep track of which studio was working on which Dracula retelling? Well, Sony Pictures has decided to contribute to your ongoing confusion by paying a handsome sum to acquire a pitch for yet another new spin on Bram Stoker’s iconic horror novel about the eponymous immortal blood-sucking monster of the night.

Sony’s Dracula project has already snagged Joe Roth and Palak Patel as producers. That pair’s collective resume already includes three other major classic literature retellings and/or spinoffs: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful (which is due out in Spring 2013).

Deadline is reporting that this particular Dracula project is based on a pitch devised by Jason Keller, the primary writer on last year’s quickly-forgotten “prestigious” biopic Machine Gun Preacher, a co-writer on this March’s kid-friendly Snow White re-imagining Mirror Mirror, and the man responsible for the most recent script draft for the impending Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone action team-up flick titled The Tomb. Take that (eclectic?) resume as you will.

Here are the other major Dracula-inspired Hollywood endeavors which have been gaining momentum during the early goings of 2012 (but are still only in the early stages of development):

  • Harker, a Warner Bros. project that re-imagines Dracula co-narrator Jonathan Harker as a capable Scotland Yard inspector (think Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes) determined to stop the iconic vampire’s murder spree.
  • Dracula Year Zero, Universal’s planned reworking of the traditional Dracula mythology, which is said to offer a more “humanized” iteration of the titular vampire.

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Keller’s take on the Dracula mythos is already a higher-profile project than those aforementioned titles, thanks to the involvement of Roth and Patel. Sony is likewise already eying the film as a launchpad for another “period franchise,” since Keller’s pitch lays the foundation for a film that explores Count Dracula’s origins without touching on his gruesome final destination.

Warner Bros. also wants Harker to give rise to a new series of movies; there, however, future installments would revolve around the first film’s namesake and not Dracula. There’s no word yet as to whether or not Universal intends for Dracula Year Zero to likewise kick off a new vampire saga, but… well, with a phrase like “Year Zero” added to the title, it’s not a stretch to say that could be the case.

Bearing all that in mind: it’s simply best to wait and see for now which (if any) of these Dracula movies actually moves beyond the early stages of pre-production, before wondering too much about which one could eventually birth a new franchise.

Based on the premises behind and personnel attached to each respective Dracula project: which one sounds the most appealing (or, if you prefer, least unappealing) to you?

Source: Deadline

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  1. I hope the studios will not waste money, my time and theirs unless they can turn out a TOP-NOTCH production, as there is so much slush and schlock out there already. Having said that, Lugosi’s Dracula, Lee’s Horror of Dracula, and Dan Curtis’ Dracula are about the only 3 top tier ones that come to mind right now re: the Count.

  2. Hoping this does not happen, MIRROR MIRROR looks like pooh and i can only emagine a Dracula from that team to put out some sort of child friendly twilight dribble with one of the most ICONIC screen monsters of the past 80 + years. best DRACULA ever : Max Schreck, Bela Legosi, Fank Langela, Chrostopher Lee, Gary Oldman and Klaus Kinski…any one who has tried to do there own take on the count beside the ones mentioned have sucked…look at Gerard Butler, John carradine, Jack palance and SOO many more. plus rehashing the same story over and over and never getting any better gets well boring. What happend to VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER? that sounded like a good Dracula adaption…just about the ship bringing D from Romania to England sounded bad ass, alien but dracula!!!! meh

  3. just realized i sounded like a troll and that some of my points are rather moot.

  4. I’m a big fan of the Gary Oldman film but I’ve avoided most of the other takes on the genre were possible.
    How ever I am aware that there have been some amazing films featuring the iconic creature of the night in the past.
    With how technology and actors skills are in this day and age I have only one hope, that is that they don’t over CGI the count as he was always grounded in realism.
    For me the Sony one seems the most interesting as I believe the Gary Oldman take was made almost as a love story of a man who literally did anything to get his loved one back with dark consequences. I’d like them to explore the cause of Dracula over what he became.
    Let’s all hope that none of these are being made to abuse the strange influx in vampire lovers and become cheap(er) knock offs of Twilight or worse Vampire Diaries.
    More films like Interview with a Vampire please 😉

  5. I recently finished Bram Stoker’s story and I must say that a movie based on his novel would be great. The movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula changed so many things. Dracula wasn’t meant to be some type of misbegotten despot looking for his lost love, he was meant to be a fracking demon. Give me a movie that is actually from the novel, then I’ll be happy.