Karyn Kusama Will Direct ‘Dracula’ for Blumhouse

I absolutely LOVED Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man (read my review here) and was thrilled to see one of Universal Pictures’ classic monsters once again rule the box office, but tonight we have some truly awesome related news, as a new Dracula movie has just been set to be directed by Karyn Kusama and produced by Blumhouse.

Following The Invisible Man‘s impressive $98.3 million No. 1 opening on Feb. 28, Blumhouse is now confidently taking on arguably the biggest horror icon of all with a new take on the legendary vampire, to be directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation, Destroyer), as reported tonight by The Hollywood Reporter.

It should be noted that the source article states that the project is not actually housed at Universal yet, and could technically go to another studio since Dracula is in the public domain, though Blumhouse has a first-look deal with the studio and Universal most certainly not about to let anyone else have a stake in this project.

Just days ago it was also announced that James Wan will be producing a Universal Monster movie that sounds very much like a modern retelling of Frankenstein. Other films recently announced and currently in various stages of development from Universal include Dexter Fletcher’s Renfield, Paul Fieg’s Dark Army, Elizabeth Banks’ The Invisible Woman, and Matt Strawski’s Monster Mash.

Kusama is an excellent choice to bring Dracula back to life. I have personally been a fan of her highly underrated horror gem Jennifer’s Body ever since its 2009 release, and she gave us one of 2016’s best films with The Invitation. Most recently, she directed an episode of HBO’s The Outsider.

This project will reunite Kusama with The Invitation co-writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay.

 This is definitely the best Dracula news I’ve heard in a long time. What do you think?

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.

Karyn Kusama Will Direct ‘Dracula’ for Blumhouse