Universal Pictures Taps ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Director Karyn Kusama To Helm ‘Dracula’ Remake
Universal’s Monsterverse appears to have a bit of life left in it. Following the generally negative reviews of 2017’s Tom Cruise-led The Mummy, the studio took a step back to reevaluate. As first reported by THR, Universal and Blumhouse look to get back on track with a new Dracula feature.
Filmmaker Karyn Kusama is reportedly on board to direct a new take on the classic character. Kasuma is perhaps best known for her work on films like Destroyer, Jennifer’s Body, and The Invitation. Horror film juggernaut Blumhouse Productions will produce with a script from Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Ride Along).
2020 has already proved to be the year of redemption for the Monsterverse. Last month’s release of Universal and Blumhouse’s latest production The Invisible Man was met with critical and commercial success. The film, starring Elizabeth Moss, has already grossed $102.2 million worldwide with a $7 million budget. Full Circle’s Lead Film Critic James Preston Poole gave the film a 9/10 rating. Additionally, Poole said “The Invisible Man is one banger of a horror film, a career-high mark for everyone involved. It has scares galore, a sublime central performance, and a mission: expose the real monster haunting our society. It’s clear to see that The Invisible Man succeeds.”
With that sort of success in mind, the new Dracula film will likely attempt to separate itself from Universal’s last film focused on the character. 2014’s Dracula Untold has an approval rating of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 4.46/10. The studio will hope Kusama is able to create magic as it reportedly works with A-list directors like Paul Feig, Elizabeth Banks, and John Krasinski to rebuild its Monsterverse.
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