John Carpenter is going to give his spin on Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Fangland. Based off the 2007 novel by John Marks, the book is about “a New York-based producer who travels to Romania for an interview with a notorious European arms dealer, who turns out to be a modern-day Dracula.” Please don’t tell me that “modern-day” Dracula means he glitters in sunlight and just wants to talk about his feelings. According to Variety, the great Mark Wheaton (the Friday the 13th remake; he also used to write for CHUD) wrote the script, so I don’t think we need to worry.
I’m happy to have Carpenter return to directing after his nine-year absence. He’s currently in post-production on The Ward, which is a ghost story starring Amber Heard and is set in a mental institution. If you don’t know who Carpenter is, his credits include Halloween, Escape From New York, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Thing. If you haven’t seen these movies, go correct that mistake in your life. Then we can be excited for Fangland together (even if it adds to the endless vampire movie onslaught). [UPDATE: ComingSoon reports that Hilary Swank is attached to star as “Evangeline Harker, a producer of a TV news magazine eerily similar to ’60 Minutes.'”]