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Dracula Movie to Be Directed by Karyn Kusama for Blumhouse

With The Invisible Man bringing in an impressive $102.2 million worldwide so far on a budget of just $7 million, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions is bringing another monster back to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Karyn Kusama will direct a new Dracula movie for the production company.

Karyn Kusama‘s film credits include Girlfight (2000), Æon Flux (2005), Jennifer’s Body (2009), The Invitation (2015), XX (2017), and Destroyer (2018). Three of her films have been written by her husband Phil Hay and his writing partner Matt Manfredi. Hay and Manfredi are also penning the Dracula movie.

Kusama has also directed episodes of television series such as The L WordHalt and Catch FireChicago FireThe Man in the High CastleCasualBillions, and The Outsider.

Like The Invisible Man, the new vampire movie would take place in modern times.

The trade adds that the new Dracula movie isn’t set up at Universal Pictures just yet, but one would think the studio wants to keep the momentum going and not let another studio pick up the project. Dracula is in the public domain, but Blumhouse has a first-look deal with Universal.

Universal Pictures was previously trying to get a “Dark Universe” off the ground starting with The Mummy in 2017, but the film’s domestic take of just $80.2 million (and budget of $125 million) brought that idea of a shared monster universe to a halt. The studio is now taking it one idea at a time, a process that appears to be working with The Invisible Man.

Even before The Mummy was released, Universal released the Gary Shore-directed Dracula Untold in 2014. Starring Luke Evans, the film almost was the first film in the “Dark Universe.” Reshoots for the film took place that would have allowed Dracula Untold to be included in the shared universe, but after the movie didn’t perform well in North America, the connections were downplayed.

It was recently announced that Aquaman director James Wan will produce a monster movie for Universal that will be written by Robbie Thompson (Supernatural). The horror thriller is said to focus on a group of teenagers who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement. That monster gets loose, of course. Wan will produce via his Atomic Monster.

“It’s a ‘best idea wins’ approach,” a producer told THR, “and they are having the filmmakers find the individual stories.” Universal is also working with such filmmakers as Paul Feig, Elizabeth Banks and John Krasinski to develop stories. “They have multiple irons in the fire, but not all will become real,” said an agent to the trade.

With The Invisible Man writer, director and executive producer Leigh Whannell signing a two-year deal with Blumhouse Productions, a sequel to the film is almost a certainty. 

The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia Kass, who is trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist. She escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).

But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax.

As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

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