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This week the remake of the Stephen King classic mini-series and novel It releases to the theaters. While many were unhappy to see someone else don the clown make up of the character Pennywise – made famous by Tim Curry’s portrayal of the character. The film has been getting rather good reviews from critics, and seems to be the first film to help come out of the 2nd half summer slump. When you have a film that is looking to trend, well then you tend to have more projects offered in the waiting. It‘s director Andy (Andrés) Muschietti has found himself in that wonderful situation.
Andy is in talks with Paramount Pictures to direct a Dracula origin film titled Dracul. This will be a prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The project is the first prequel authorized by the Stoker estate, and that makes for an interesting tidbit in itself. The go to answer would be the estate said yes due to the paycheck that will be coming. There is a more interesting reason for them saying yes. Dacre Stoker, the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker, is helping write the film. This in itself makes it a little more intriguing, and gives me hopes that they want to keep the Stoker name unblemished by a horrible prequel story.
The film will take place in the 19th century, and follow around 21 year old Bram Stoker. The only note we have for the story is he fights and traps a creature in a tower. Documenting the events, and what the creature is. It is presumed that the creature will be Dracula. Taking one of the great stories of all time, in addition creating a twist that says the story was real is an interesting concept.
Busy Schedule and Competition
This is all in the talking stages with hopes of Mushietti directing. Muschietti is a hot name right now. Coming off his breakout Horror film Mama in 2013, and the hype he is getting from It. The projects are piling up. He is slated to director It 2 as well as Robotech. It was also announced he is attached to direct the film adaption of the video game Shadow of the Colossus. That being said who knows when this project will actually go into development.
Left to Right: It (2017), Robotech, Shadow of the Colossus
Along with all this is the competition with Universal Pictures. Universal is in the deep stages of recreating the Universal Monsters universe. Which started with this years The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. Dracula is a property that is sure to be included in this at some point. As we’ve seen in years past properties seem to have multiple versions come out at the same time. Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror both came out in 2012. There are currently three Little Mermaid films in development. So ‘when it rains, it pours’ as studios try to duke it out for the best version of something.
Only time will tell
Once everything comes out only then can we really say if it was a success or a flop. Until then what are your thoughts? Does the concept of the film intrigue you? Is the approval from the Stoker estate, and involvement from Dacre Stoker going to make this project better? Who do you think will have the better Dracula property, Universal or Paramount? Let us know in the comments below.
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