Warner Bros Stakes Out 'Harker,' Dracula Project With Appian Way And Director Jaume Collet-Serra

Warner Bros is closing a deal to acquire Harker, a spec script by Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy for a re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula that will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The filmmaker's latest is the Liam Neeson-starrer Unknown, which will be released February 18 by Warner Bros. Harker will be produced by Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, in a coproduction with Mad Hatter Entertainment. That label's Michael Connolly will also be involved as a producer.

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JL2088d ago

So we have the producers and director from Orphan (a rather "blah" movie) teaming with the co-producer of How to Train Your Dragon and a couple of new screenwriters for a re-imagining of Dracula? Something tells me this is going to be crap. Like Dracula 2000 level of crap.

darklordzor2088d ago

Ha! Very possible. I know I'm not alone in that I'm getting very tired of this genre. It's a good genre, but they are beating it to death. Dracula is classic for a reason, so why try to re-envision it for an audience that is getting bored. At the very least, let's try some new stuff.

JL2088d ago

I partly blame Twilight (and Interview With a Vampire). Of course they've been riding this money train for a long time now. But I would like to see them reclaim the myth/legend from the Twilight franchise and bring vampires back to their proper image. Of course, I actually really like 30 Days of Night and how the vampires were in there, so not everyone might agree with some of the imaginings of vampires that I might like.

I'm actually looking forward to Underworld 4 as well.

They do need to start giving it a rest though. With the advancements in technology, why not do a modern take on Frankenstein if they want to stick with those classic monsters?

darklordzor2088d ago

Underworld and 30 Days of Night are actually the two movies that I bring up most when giving examples of changing the standard Vampire formula around. I love the Underworld series and am looking forward to Beckinsale's return.

'partly blame Twilight'. I don't think you have to 'partly' blame them. You can almost completely rest the blame on their shoulders for the recent deluge in the vampire genre.

Crazay2088d ago

Ya there's something fundamentally wrong about Vamps that don't burst into flames in the sunlight. To a degree we can all blame Anne Rice for castrating vampires and making them less scary but when you really think about it she was onto something with them feeling strongly. Dracula was taken back with grief from losing Elizabeth so many years ago and he just wanted to be reunited with her.

I do prefer the more visceral incarnations of vampires. I'm hopeful that the Fright Night re-imagining helps to usher that in but to me it feels like they're taking a piece of childhood and saying it's not good enough.

JL2088d ago

Crazay just summed up why I only said "partly" there. Some of the blame has to be placed on Anne Rice. Sorry, Interview With a Vampire was an enjoyable movie and all, but it definitely started to ball rolling in making vampires more...effeminate (for lack of better word). Twilight just took it to a whole other level.

On that note, I take that to mean you actually liked 30 Days of Night as well, Dark? That movie seems to get a lot of crap, which I don't understand. I really enjoyed.

I also do really enjoy the Underworld franchise as well. Definitely VERY much looking forward to Kate's return.

On a side note, have you ever seen Night Watch or Day Watch? Not a vampire movie per se, though it does have vampires in it. But if you're a fan of Underworld, I think that might appeal to you as well. For me it was kind of a blend of Underworld meets Constantine.

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Soldierone2088d ago

Since Dracula was a love story with a very deep twist in it, there really isn't that same effect in todays world. You couldn't show intercourse back when Dracula was made, so how did they get around it? Vampires bite people. Today who cares?

Twilight brought it a little further by the "perfect girl" fantasy, you have two guys chasing one girl and she gets to choose OH JOY! and Dracula will be the same. Even if they try to tie in horror it wont work.

Lets face it, vampires are at the point where they are all making up ideas just to keep it alive. Buffy and Angel were cool, but this new stuff is sad excuses.