Paramount has teamed up with the descendants of Bram Stoker to produces the first authorized sequel to the seminal work of Gothic literature, Dracula: The project is named Dracul. Considering “The Count” has become an enduring horror villain whose prominence spans centuries, this is a big deal to be certain. What makes the news even more exciting is news that Andy Muschietti (director of IT 2017) is in talks to helm the project.
Written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, the tale is set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there. The monster origin tale just went to Putnam’s Mark Tavani in a five-house auction brokered by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. The UK rights for Dracul were bought by Simon Taylor of Transworld and by Michel Lafon for France in a pre-empt.
Obviously, this project is in its infancy, so a lot can happen before it comes to fruition (including the possibility it might never actually happen—it wouldn’t be the first time!). Still, this is definitely something horror fans will want to keep their eyes on, so we’ll bring you additional updates as news emerges. Stay tuned!
About Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced Count Dracula and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Andy Muschietti’s IT, arriving in US & UK Theaters this Friday 9/8, below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.
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