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.
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?
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