Park Chan-Wook’s ‘Stoker’ Rumored to be a Vampire Film [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:02 pm,

[Actor Wentworth Miller (who is writing Stoker) has denied the film is about Vampires. Scroll down for the full update.]

With a name like Stoker, you’d assume that director Park Chan-wook’s long-awaited English-language debut would be about vampires, but until now nobody has been sure. In fact, the only plot description we’ve heard is that “strange things begin to happen” when an eccentric teenage girl (played by Alice in Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska) sees her estranged and mysterious uncle join her family following the death of their patriarch.

However, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper (via News of the World), Stoker is definitely about vampires and, furthermore, now has Academy Award-winner Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman listed as potential stars. Firth would play the uncle, who is discovered to be a vampire (a pretty good explanation for those “strange things” I would imagine).

Park Chan-wook (or Chan-wook Park, depending on where you’re from) is widely known for his brilliant and shockingly violent “Vengeance Trilogy” (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). However, the director has also received international acclaim for his 2009 film Thirst, which was also about vampires.

From the mega-blockbuster teen franchise Twilight to the upcoming period piece action film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, vampire movies are quite popular at the moment. Normally, that would cause me to step back and say, “Let’s try something new for a change,” but with Chan-wook at the helm and Ridley Scott and Tony Scott producing, I’m actually quite interested to see what Stoker is all about.

Of course, you shouldn’t take this news to the bank just yet. As much as we love our friends in the U.K., British tabloids are not always the best source of information on movies. Again, I would be surprised if a movie called Stoker wasn’t about vampires, but until we hear anything about the film officially, let’s consider this a RUMOR.

Update:

Collider previously published a Comic-Con interview with writer/actor Wentworth Miller denying rumors that Stoker would be a vampire film. Unless the script has changed drastically, it sounds as if Miller has a different type of dark and twisted gothic film planned:

“It’s not easy to describe. It’s a horror film, a family drama and a psychological thriller, all wrapped up in one. The jumping off point is actually Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. So, that’s where we begin, and then we take it in a very, very different direction.”

Source: Daily Mail via Shock Till You Drop

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  1. It is interesting that there is not much knowledge about this film. However, over the summer this film ‘Stoker’ was greatly discussed due to the fact that the screenwriter/creator was none other than Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller.

    Stoker is and will not be about vampires at all. Miller has already confirmed this in an interview numerous of times. Instead, the film will takes it cue from Hitchcock’s family thriller, ‘Shadow of a Doubt.’

    You can find more information here. http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/06/28/prison-break-alum-wentworth-millers-screenplay-in-development-its-a-good-week-for-brainy-hotties/.

  2. Here is more information about the film directly from the screenwriter himself. (You have to read the interview, he answers the question further down the page)
    http://bit.ly/ewYH4s

  3. Thank goodness it’s not about vampires. We have enough of that already.

  4. I’ve read the script and it is NOT about vampires whatsoever!

  5. Question: if not about vampires, Dracula, or Dracula’s creator, why call it Stoker at all?

  6. I mean no offense, but whoever wrote this article needed to more research into the story. This is absolute wrong information.

    The screenwriter, W. Miller, explicity says that the title is a clear reference to Bram Stoker. A reference to something does not neccessarily mean that it is explicity about Bram Stoker or about Dracula or vampires. It will most likely reference it or have imagery dealing with that concept.

    To answer your question, Goldilocks. Please read the following links for more information: http://bit.ly/ewYH4s and http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/06/28/prison-break-alum-wentworth-millers-screenplay-in-development-its-a-good-week-for-brainy-hotties/.

    Cheers
    M.S.
    http://fromhollywoodwithluv.blogspot.com/

  7. Wow that sounds like one kick ass vampire movie!

  8. It’s not a vampire movie!!! Look at the comments above for more information.

  9. I have read the script as well and it is NOT ABOUT VAMPIRES! I am so excited for you Went, and I can’t wait to see all of your hard work come to fruition. This film is goin to me amazing, and the pre-quil will be incredible too.

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