Blumhouse Productions is looking to revive another horror classic.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production company has tapped Karyn Kusama to direct an untitled Dracula film, written by her previous collaborators Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. Thought there aren't many details about the film, THR reports the vampire flick will have a modern twist, similar to Blumhouse's newly released box office hit The Invisible Man, which was based on H.G. Wells ' 1897 novel of the same name.
Kusama previously directed projects like the sports-drama Girlfight (2000), horror-mystery The Invitation (2015), action-crime drama Destroyer (2018), and the cult classic Jennifer's Body (2009).
As pointed out by THR, Dracula is part of the Universal Classic Monsters line-up, which includes The Mummy, Frankenstein, Godzilla, and The Invisible Man. The outlet reports that the forthcoming Dracula film doesn't technically have to go to Universal Pictures because Dracula is in the public domain and can be adapted by anyone. However, it's likely that Universal will pick up the project, as it has a first-look deal with Blumhouse: "Universal isn't about to let one of its iconic monsters escape the fold," THR reported.
News of the updated Dracula film comes just days after it was reported that Universal has enlisted James Wan (Saw, Aquaman, and The Conjuring 2) to produce a new monster flick. Though details for the project are pretty minimal, sources told THR that it will focus on a group of teens who learn that their neighbor is building a monster in his basement—suggesting the film will put a modern, suburban twist on the Frankenstein tale.
Stay tuned as more details about the films come through.