• [NEWS] "Renfield" movie in early development (horror, Dracula's henchman)

    From Your Name@YourName@YourISP.com to rec.arts.movies.current-films on Wed Apr 14 19:25:24 2021
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    Unfortunately for Dracula fans, it's going to be ruined by setting it
    in the modern day.

    From ComingSoon.net ...

    Renfield: Chris McKay in talks to direct film about Dracula's henchman
    Ahead of The Tomorrow War's premiere this coming July, it looks like
    director Chris McKay is setting up his next high-profile project with
    Universal Pictures. According to Deadline, McKay has entered
    negotiations to helm one of the studio's upcoming monster movies,
    Renfield, which centers around Dracula's infamous henchman. Should
    the deal push through, McKay would also be serving as a producer
    along with Samantha Nisenboim as an executive producer. More than a
    year ago, Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher was previously
    attached to direct the long-in-development project.

    Plot details for Renfield are being kept under wraps, but it is said
    to be set during the present day. The project will be based on an
    original pitch from The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and was written 
    by Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty). The film will be produced by
    Skybound Entertainment's Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean

    In the original 1897 Dracula novel, R.M. Renfield was an inmate at a
    lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but is
    actually a servant of Dracula. The role was originated memorably in
    the 1931 movie by Dwight Frye, followed by Tom Waits in Francis Ford
    Coppola's 1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula, then Peter MacNicol in the Mel
    Brooks parody Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and by Samuel Barnett on
    the TV series Penny Dreadful.

    Due to Universal's failed attempt at building their Dark Universe
    with Tom Cruise's The Mummy, the studio decided to abandon the shared
    universe approach and instead focus on character-driven films guided
    by strong filmmakers and good stories. The first result of their new
    strategy was Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man starring Elisabeth
    Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, which garnered positive reviews from
    critics and was a box-office success.

    The Renfield film is part of Universal's growing list of upcoming
    monster projects, including Elizabeth Banks' Invisible Woman, Matt
    Stawki's Monster Mash, Karyn Kusama's Dracula, the Ryan Gosling-led
    Wolfman film, David Keopp's long-in-development The Bride of
    Frankenstein reboot, Josh Cooley's Little Monsters film, Blumhouse's
    The Thing adaptation, the James Wan-produced Van Helsing movie, and
    an untitled monster thriller from Phil Lord and Chris Miller.


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