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Dracul In Development

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Dacre Stoker at ChattaCon 2017

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.

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Dracula returns from the dead and back to TV

Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat
Photograph by Gage Skidmore

Variety broke the news earlier that Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat will be writing a prospective new series based on Dracula. I’m generally a fan of these two gents’ work on Sherlock, so I’m curious what they’ll bring to the table.

I don’t watch Doctor Who but I know that Moffat has a checkered reputation amongst some fans. But it’s Gattis whose presence gives me hope since his love of the horror genre is well-known.

Variety reports that Dracula will be similar to Sherlock in that each series (seasons to us Americans) will be short but comprised of feature-length episodes.  Details about the show’s content is unknown at this time — who knows, maybe even Gattis and Moffat are still working on their approach to the material. My bet is that it will take a contemporary approach a la Sherlock or Moffat’s Jekyll.

The chance that Gattis or Moffat is reading this is slim to none, but if one of them is… please, I beg of you, MAKE DRACULA EVIL. Presenting Dracula as a romantic, misunderstood figure is every bit as cliche as a bad Bela Lugosi impersonation. I don’t mind that approach from time to time, but that characterization should be the exception rather than the default.

If you want to be innovative, go back to Bram Stoker’s book. Don’t feel that Dracula has to be the central character; he’s more ominous when he’s off-screen but his presence is felt. Present Jonathan Harker and his friends as noble heroes instead of obstacles standing between Dracula and Mina. Don’t overemphasize Van Helsing to the detriment of other characters. Buck the trends and give us something different than what we’ve seen for 25 years.

Oh, and welcome back, readers!