The Invisible Man seems to indeed be the start of Blumhouse’s adaptations of classic movie monsters.
TheHollywoodReporter has exclusively learned that Blumhouse Productions and director Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) are teaming up for a modern take on a Dracula movie.
Destroyer screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay are working on the film’s script.
The latest is a new Dracula feature that Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will direct, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which helped kick-start the new monster movie line by making The Invisible Man for only $7 million, is in the midst of setting up the vampire thriller and is producing.
Like The Invisible Man, which offered a contemporary spin on the classic H.G. Wells novel, a new Dracula would take place in modern times, sources tell THR.
Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who have collaborated with Kusama on a number of films including Destroyer and The Invitation, are writing the script.
While the character is in the public domain there is a good shot that it’ll land at Universal Pictures because of their first-look deal with them and could be considered part of their Universal Monsters lineup.
Blumhouse is known for making cost effective budgeting on their films and worked out for Invisible Man which only had a budget of $7 million.
Some of the other horror projects in the works at Universal includes a Reinfield movie based on Dracula’s lawyer turned lackey from director Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman, Sherlock Holmes 3) and screenwriter Ryan Ridley (Rick & Morty).
Dracula Untold was retroactively part of the Dark Universe in the post-production process until the film failed to do well with critics and audiences, it was then ignored for Tom Cruise’s The Mummy as the true launch installment.
I’m slightly curious if the two projects could have some sort of connection or will be considered standalone movies.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER