While Universal’s Dark Universe was an epic fail, the success of The Invisible Man proved that there was still some life left in their monsters. Audiences didn’t want an action-adventure take on the property. They wanted new ways to be terrified of some of the classic monsters. The Invisible Man scratched that itch, and Blumhouse Productions was the studio to make it happen. Now, with their eyes set on Dracula, we’re hoping they can spin gold from straw once again.
We recently reported that Blumhouse would be adapting the beloved Bram Stoker character for the modern times, but now we have a bit more news. Taking the helm for this monster flick is director Karyn Kusama.
You may not recognize her name, but she helmed the cult favorite Jennifer’s Body as well as the well-crafted and intense The Invitation. While I can’t say that Jennifer’s Body, I can say that if you haven’t seen The Invitation, that you’d best get your ass online to watch that movie now. It is a taut, low-budget horror-thriller that feels right at home at Blumhouse.
Dracula will see Kusama re-team with Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The duo wrote The Invitation and will be serving as scribes on Dracula as well.
Personally, I think this is a great move. Kusama is already a proven entity, and this hire proves they’re going for low-budget, high concept ideas. If her track record is any indication, these ideas will be cheap to execute but also attractive to the thriller-hungry audience. I, for one, can’t wait to see how Dracula takes to a modern setting.
This all continues Universal’s new trend of making filmmaker-driven film. This is in stark contrast with the connected universe angle they were pursuing around the time of Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. Currently, Blumhouse is also developing projects from the likes of Paul Feig, Elizabeth Banks, and John Krasinski.
What do you think of Kusama taking on Dracula? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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