Universal & Chloé Zhao teaming for sci-fi western Dracula reimagining
While already developing a more faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel and character, Universal Pictures is eyeing another Dracula project as they are partnering up with Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) for a sci-fi Western reimagining of the classic vampire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the overlooked and misunderstood,” Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created.”
While exact plot details are currently being kept under wraps on the project, on which the Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker is set to write, direct and produce, the film is being described as “an original, futuristic, sci-fi Western” that will explore the theme of living on the fringes of society Zhao has previously explored in her work, most notably with her recent acclaimed drama Nomadland.
“I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody,” Zhao said in a statement. “I’m very excited to work with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reimagine such a beloved character.”
Zhao is set to produce the film produce via Highwayman banner alongside Universal. The 38-year-old filmmaker, who recently made history by becoming the first Asian woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination for direction, is also currently putting the final touches on her first foray into the world of blockbusters with the Marvel Cinematic Universe project Eternals, which is currently slated for a November 5 release.
Chloé Zhao’s Dracula is part of the growing list of Universal’s upcoming monster projects which includes: Dexter Fletcher’s film about Dracula henchman Renfield, Elizabeth Banks’ Invisible Woman, Matt Stawki’s Monster Mash, Ryan Gosling’s Wolf Man, in which he pitched the story for the film and will star while The Invisible Man writer/director Leigh Whannell is in talks for the director’s chair, Paul Feig’s Dark Army and another Dracula project being co-produced with Blumhouse Productions that is being helmed by Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) on a script from Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay.
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