Eli Roth, perhaps best known for his Hostel series, is a multi-talented Hollywood renaissance man who fills roles as producer, director, actor and writer. Even though he’s got seven films he’s currently involved with in a production capacity, he may be taking on a new project soon. Currently, Roth is in talks to potentially direct Warner Brothers’ new Dracula adaption, Harker.
Supposedly, Harker will but a new spin on the old vampire myth. Casting has started strong, with Russell Crowe signing on as none-other-than Dracula himself. This would not be the first time the two have worked together, as they just got done filming an action flick called The Man with the Iron Fists. WB had originally planned for Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) to direct, but scheduling issues killed that plan and now they want Roth to take over.
So far there’s no leading man for the titular role of Jonathan Harker and details on the story are still sketchy. Perhaps if Roth signs on, they’ll be able to get him to put in a little work-over on the script as well? Of course, Warner Bros. is looking to franchise the film, which means it will likely end up being either very cool or very ‘safe’.
Though I’ve always been skeptical of vampire films and find 9-out-of-10 of them to be almost completely unwatchable, I’m eager to see some more details on this one. With Roth at the helm, it could turn out to be an interesting piece of work.
Thanks to deadline for the heads-up.