Warner Bros. Re-Imagining Dracula Mythology With ‘Harker’

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Chances are that those familiar with director Francis Ford Coppola’s artistically extravagant adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula recall Keanu Reeves’ accent-less turn as the prim and proper English estate agent, Jonathan Harker.

It turns out the Matrix star really should’ve just held off some 19 years on playing the fellow so he could instead do what he does best (play an action star) in Warner Bros.’ re-imagining of Stoker’s iconic horror tale, titled Harker.

Deadline says that Warner Bros. has aquired the spec script for Harker, which redesigns the titular character as an efficient Scotland yard sleuth hot on the trail of legendary blood-sucker, Dracula. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is already attached to direct the project, which reportedly lays the foundation for a new franchise revolving around Mr. Harker. Because if there’s one thing Hollywood is missing right now, it’s a series that reboots a 19th-century literary classic for contemporary audiences (cough!).

Harker was co-written by Brian McGreevy, who recently sold off his first novel, “Hemlock Grove,” a revisionist Gothic horror piece that revolves around a vampire, werewolf, and a Frankenstein monster-like teen girl who live in a regular Pennsylvania high school. The book is apparently quite literally the anti-Twilight and meant to serve as a rebuttal against the recent wave of teen supernatural romance stories that have flooded the market. On that note alone, it’s possible that Harker will turn out better (in terms of quality) than when director Stephen Sommers re-envisioned a Dracula character as a monster-killing action hero in the 2004 film, Van Helsing.

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Hugh Jackman as Mr. Helsing.

Collet-Serra has a history of working in the area of horror, having helmed the House of Wax remake and Orphan. The director’s Liam-Neeson-in-Europe mystery/thriller Unknown arrives in cinemas later this month, and could be an indicator of what Collet-Serra will bring to the table with Harker, in terms of crafting a captivating tale of foul deeds involving (literal) monstrous figures.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is onboard to produce Harker, though DiCaprio himself is not expected to star in the film. If this is intended to be the first chapter in a new franchise, look for Warner Bros. to sign either someone of DiCaprio’s stature or an up-and-comer to headline Harker. Who knows, maybe Keanu could end up playing the title character again. icon razz Warner Bros. Re Imagining Dracula Mythology With Harker

How does Harker sound to you? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below and on Twitter @screenrant and @feynmanguy.

Source: Badass Digest

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  1. “The book is apparently quite literally the anti-Twilight and meant to serve as a rebuttal against the recent wave of teen supernatural romance stories that have flooded the market.”
    On that quote alone I am sold! Thanks Sandy!

    • The book is apparently quite literally the anti-Twilight and meant to serve as a rebuttal against the recent wave of teen supernatural romance stories that have flooded the market

      That sentence cannot be said enough. :-)

  2. Just what the world needs, another Dracula interpretation. Let’s try and go just 24 hours without hearing the words “Remake” “Reboot” “Re-Imagining” in connection to a new film, I’m willing to bet that is completely and utterly impossible.
    Films are beginning to bore me, television is where the creativity and talent are these days.

    • “television is where the creativity and talent are these days.”
      Dr. Sam….with all due respect to you as a highly regarded and informed poster…..your statement is a joke right??? I think we can all say maybe 30% of film and television deliver to most of our standards. (Ok maybe 35%.)

      • No. I’m being serious. I’d rather watch a tv show than a movie these days. 24 was better than any action/spy thriller that was on during its run, Dexter is a better crime thriller than any film in the past 5 years, Mad Men is arguably one of the best drama’s of all time and certainly better than almost anything I have seen at the cinema, Californication is most definitely funnier than any so called comedy I have seen at the cinema.

        Television does what movies used to do, except you don’t have to sit in a cinema with people chomping popcorn (how did one of the oudest foods become the socially acceptable thing to eat in waht should be a quiet environment anyway?) and being noisy, you can sit in your own home and watch something better written, better acted, something that builds on character the way a movie never can.

        I stand by what I said.

        • What I love is Dr. Sam all of us can be all over the place on our tastes and art form values….and we can all agree to disagree. I will give you Mad Men. But for example “Lost”….after JJ left, I thought it was just terrible and could not make it through 15 minutes. Others percieve it as the best thing ever on the small screen. I do not have the time to watch alot on television, but I have a few favorites as well. IMO, I still think nothing has come close to “Deadwood.”….and “Fringe” can do no wrong in my book. ( usually have to dvr it because of my schedule.) And actually I am enjoying “Detroit 187.” and I am in love with SyFy’s “Faceoff.” Not saying TV has nothing to offer, but I still say 30% is really well done and watchable. (NG, History, and Food Network are my default settings…as well as Collage Basketball)

          Film is still my favorite art form, but live stage productions of all kinds are a close second to me. I do avoid screening rooms like the plauge….that is why I have tried to re-create the cinema experience in my home with a quality audio rig and video, ( because of your popcorn reference which I totally agree with.) But the Cinema has at least 30% of offerings that can deliver. I have the option NOT to see a film because of say an “actor” that I loathe ( Cage, Rogen Stiller) and I agree with you there is way to much tripe on the big screen. Just don’t give up on it my friend….and mindful of the trap you may get sucked into in regards to television. There are frauds at work. I think you know who they are.

          • At the moment, good tv has more to offer me than movies, this culture of zero imagination has taken Hollywood by storm, I don’t see anything original anymore. But on television I see new things, better things IMO.
            Have I stopped going to the cinema? No, not at all. But I don’t go very often any more, not when I can buy a boxset for the same price as an IMAX ticket. I know which I would rather have.

            • I’d go along with that. The proportion of excrement one has to wade through has increased exponentially with expanded targeted output to cater for niche audiences, reality TV etc, but over the last decade I’ve seen more originality and creative risks being taken on television than in mainstream cinema, no question. Universal application of CGI, for a start, came with a higher price than we could possibly imagine…

  3. Dont talk trash about LOST lol, DSB is right in alot of ways Even though i have to say is The Hangover is way funnier then any episode ive seen of Californication, I love Dexter your spot on with that and as far as Mad MEn goes IDK ive never seen it but i will say The Walking Dead was better then anything in horror ive seen in the past 5 years.

  4. This just sounds terrible. i am a HUGE dracula fan and i want nothing to do with this movie! Why harker? why not some other character? this makes no sense. why hey! lets make Dracula just an old man who tells stories?!?!?!?!?!

    • Ummm…because Harker is the person from the main cast of characters who first encounters Dracula in Transylvania and discovers his supernatural nature (ignoring, of course, the oft-forgotten “Dracula’s Guest”)…THAT is why it would focus on Harker.

  5. Somewhat OT
    I actually had a copy of Bram Stokers Dracula featuring Keanu Reeves on Laser disk Format. It had a feature where you could create your own scene using unused shots of the movie. My favorite had Reeve’s saying “I must Dash” before leaving Winona Ryder in the garden scene.

  6. I will never go pass Bela Lagosi, Lon Chaney or any of the past masters of horror….don’t care if Dicaprio is attach.

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