Paramount Pictures recently acquired the film rights to Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker’s yet-to-be-published novel Dracul. It’s being prepped as a possible directing project for Andy Muschietti, whose adaptation of Stephen King’s It is currently tearing up the box office.
While Dracul is being described as a prequel to Dracula, the description sounds like more of a “story behind the story” to me. In it, a young Bram Stoker encounters a dark and sinister force which inspires the events of his iconic novel. I’m kind of getting a Wes Craven’s New Nightmare vibe off of these scant details.
While the set-up sounds intriguing in and of itself, this news makes me happy on a personal level because Dacre is a good guy. We met last year and he quickly became part of my circle of friends. He puts on great presentations about Bram Stoker and the mythology surrounding Dracula, and I’m looking forward to seeing him at Atlanta’s Monsterama again in a couple of weeks. The fact that he is the great-grandnephew of ol’ Bram himself is an added bonus.
I’ll be keeping an eye on this project because it is absolutely in my wheelhouse.