For the record, Christopher Lee was a tall guy. At an imposing 6’5″ frame and with a hypnotically basso voice (and naturally accented as British), this was a man born to make horror movies. That was Lee’s bread and butter for much of his career, but the actor will be fondly remembered for so much more than playing Dracula for years and years. As you may have noticed, we are now talking about Christopher Lee in the past tense because he passed away from respiratory problems and heart failure while hospitalized Sunday (the delay was so that his family would not find out through the news_. For movie geeks the world over, Lee defined intimidation and regality in equal measure, and continued to be very much in demand and working well into his 93rd year. But to quote Edwin Stanton when he remarked on the massing of another tall man, Abraham Lincoln, now he belongs to the ages. (more…)
In the divorce between writing partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, it seems that while Orci will keep Star Trek, Kurtzman will continue to be a part of the Universal Studios Monsters franchise by doubling down on The Mummy, now not just as its co-screenwriter, but as its director. In what will be his directorial follow-up to the 2012 disappointment People Like Us, Kurtzman takes it on himself to not just relaunch Universal’s Mummy franchise, but to start the ball rolling in realizing a shared universe for Universal’s Monster line-up which includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolfman. (more…)
Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, and pals are set to be rebooted by their original creators: Universal Pictures. Plans are in set to make cinema’s most famous fiends into an interconnected series of new films–much like Marvel has done with its superhero characters, and Warner Bros is doing with the denizens of DC comics.
But before you scorn Universal for besmirching the legacy of some of the greatest characters in filmdom with a modern-day gimmick, it’s important to remember that these characters BEGAN as part of an interconnected universe. Standalone films like Dracula and Frankenstein eventually evolved into multi-monster pictures like Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein.
And now, under the creative authority of Alex Kurtzman–who worked on the Transformers and Star Trek films with former partner Roberto Orci–and Fast and Furious franchise scribe Chris Morgan, the Universal Monsters are getting a long overdue silver-screen “reunion”. (more…)
If I had a nickel every time someone in Hollywood didn’t do something because of “creative differences”… The latest casualty of the oldest excuse in Tinseltown is The Mummy reboot, the movie that’s supposed to launch a shared-universe kind of franchise featuring the classic Universal Studios monsters. This isn’t the first roadblock hit by the franchise-in-waiting, but it is the latest, and it’s likely to make the launch of the Monster-verse (trademark pending) delayed even further. (more…)
This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy discuss the world of the psychic and supernatural while also investigating the world of ghost dating. Also, the pain and gain of bad boys trying to throw an air conditioner at Michael Bay, crack addled mice, the mustache hall of fame, bacon and your bits, and President Terminator and Vice President Dennis Rodman. (more…)
NBC‘s newest series Dracula has a trailer out. The show-runner and lead writer is Dan Knauf, creator of HBO’s Carnivàle. That man knows how to write creepy. The trailer is also quick to point out the Downtown Abby and Tudors background of the talent working on the show. It’s not the Dracula story we all know and expect, so I’m not sure which side of the fence I’ll land. It’ll watch a few episodes before I sharpen the pitchfork and light the torch.
Dracula comes to London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to the Victorian city. In reality, Dracula seeks revenge on those who betrayed him centuries earlier. As Dracula’s plans move toward fruition, he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who may be a reincarnation of his deceased wife.
The series stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula/Alexander Grayson), Jessica De Gouw (Mina Murray), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Jonathan Harker – a gauche journalist who’s desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy.), Katie McGrath (Lucy Westenra), Nonso Anozie (R.M. Renfield – Dracula’s loyal confidante and keeper of secrets.), Victoria Smurfit (Lady Jane – fashionable woman who is immediately enticed by the King of Vampires.), Thomas Kretschmann (Abraham Van Helsing), and Michael Nardone (Hermann Kruger).
An interesting side note is thatKretschmann played Dracula in the 2012 Italian horror film, Dracula 3D. Now he gets a chance to play the other side of the iconic conflict.
Just because the world needs yet another vampire film and fast, Universal Pictures has decided to put together one more adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula. Currently the show has cast Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon and today it looks like they’ve added someone new to the list – Dominic Cooper.
For those of you that don’t recognize the name (i.e.: most of you), Cooper is the guy that played the in-the-past version of Howard Stark in the first Captain America flick. No word yet on who he’ll be playing in this one, though I do wonder if maybe his involvement in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may have gotten him typecast.
Given the mediocre talent level that this film is collecting and the predictably recycled subject matter, I’m guessing the new Dracula is going to be one hell of a turkey.
If you feel the need to mark your calendar, it’s scheduled to release on August 8th of 2014.
After a great turn as Huntress on the CW’s Arrow, Deadline is reporting Jessica de Gouw has been cast as Mina Murray in NBC and Sky Living‘s ten episode mini-series, Dracula. The titular vampire is being played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of HBO’s The Tudors, which is convenient since the series is being billed as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.”
Here’s how Deadline summarizes the show,
It centers on Dracula, who arrives in London posing as American entrepreneur Allen Grayson, who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier, but he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
That “woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife,” is Mina Murray, de Gouw’s character. She’s described as “a striking medical student who is engaged to Jonathan Harker but upon meeting Grayson both are instantly mesmerized by the other’s uncanny resemblance to someone from their past.” Yup, sounds like Dracula to me, I look forward to many scenes of Dracula and Mina staring at one another, transfixed. I do like the tweaks they’ve made, though, like Dracula posing as proponent of modern science and Mina being a medical student.
This doesn’t sound half bad to me, what do you think? I do wonder if this will interfere with de Gouw appearing on Arrow again. Hopefully not, she’s one of the better parts of that show.
He brought life to Henry VIII, and now Jonathan Rhys Meyers will give life to the undead. Dracula to be specific.
NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Dracula, a new series from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon. The series is co-production between the U.S. network and the U.K. based Sky Living. NBC bought the concept last fall on a “script-to-series” deal, meaning that if the network liked the script it could skip the shooting of a pilot episode and go straight into production. It’s a similar deal that spurred the network’s Hannibal series which will also premiere midseason.
This new Dracula is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” According to Deadline, who broke the story:
Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” said Universal TV Executive Vice-President Bela Bajaria.
The decision to go with a Meyers’ starring Dracula is a no-brainer. Current NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt greenlit The Tudors starring Meyers while he was head of Showtime, and the series went on to be an international success. Of course, a network Dracula can’t indulge in the same type of sex and nudity The Tudors did, but between this, Hannibal and the Munsters in Mockingbird Lane, NBC seems willing to try anything to get them out of fourth place.
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.