Fresh off her Academy Award for Nomadland and with a highly anticipated Marvel Studios film (The Eternals) on the way, Director Chloe Zhao is riding high. Now Universal has chosen Zhao to reboot their most famous Universal Monster of all, Dracula.
Zhao will write, direct and produce through her production company, Highwayman.
This new Dracula project, however, will be a far cry from the more traditional or even modern incarnations made over the years. Details are being kept in the hush hush, but Zhao’s version is described as an original, futuristic, sci-fi Western. Which makes me think of this:
“Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the overlooked and misunderstood,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created.”
Stated Zhao: “I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody. I’m very excited to work with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reimagine such a beloved character.”
Zhao’s Dracula take comes as the character sharpens his fangs to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Universal’s classic directed by Tod Browning that starred Bela Lugosi.
Separately, Blumhouse Productions is also developing a new version of Dracula, with director Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”) and writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. A representative for Universal says Zhao’s new take on Dracula does not affect the Kusama project, which remains in development.
May the best Dracula film not suck!