Following the success of Leigh Whannell’s update on The Invisible Man, Variety is now reporting that Blumhouse is sinking its teeth into Dracula. Destroyer and The Invitation director Karyn Kusama is attached to direct. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who previously teamed with Kusama on the two aforementioned projects, will also write Dracula.
The report claims that the project is a part of Blumhouse’s first-look deal with Universal. And seeing is how the two entities collaborated on The Invisible Man, Universal’s involvement is likely imminent.
Dracula was first introduced in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name, which saw Transylvania’s most notorious resident move to England, where he did battle with Abraham Van Helsing. Bela Lugosi made the character a cinematic icon with his portrayal in Universal’s 1931 feature film adaptation. Luke Evans last portrayed the character on the big screen in Dracula Untold, which grossed $217 million worldwide on a $70 million budget.
Meanwhile, The Invisible Man recently cracked $100 million at the global box office, off the back of an impressive $7 million production budget.
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What do you make of this news? Is Karyn Kusama the perfect pick for an updated Dracula flick? Do you think a similarly minuscule budget would work for the property? Speaking of which, what did you think of The Invisible Man? Sound off in the comments below with all your Universal monsters-related thoughts!