Throw another Vampire Movie on the Pile: Sony Picks up Pitch for Dracula Origin Story

     February 27, 2012


Of the many vampire projects in development, at least one has to be good, right?  Maybe it will be the untitled pitch screenwriter Jason Keller (Mirror Mirror) just sold to Sony.  According to Deadline, the studio paid high six figures against seven for “a period origin story on the Dracula mythology.”  Thank goodness.  No one’s doing that except for Dracula: Year Zero, Harker, and The Last Voyage of the Demeter.  And that’s not even mentioning all the non-Dracula vampire projects in development.  For a refresher on those, hit the jump.

dracula-year-zeroLet’s run the list of other vampire movies that are churning through the pipeline:

  • In addition to the untitled Dracula movie, Keller also penned the adaptation of Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage with Matt Reeves (Let Me In) attached to direct.
  • A film based off Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s vampire novel trilogy: The Strain, The Fall, and The Night Eternal. According to Deadline, Del Toro plans top set up the project once he’s finished with Pacific Rim.
  • Blood Wars, Warner Bros’ “radical reinvention” of the vampire mythology.
  • An adaptation of Anne Rice‘ fourth Lestat novel, The Tale of the Body Thief.
  • Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, and John Hurt.

And as I said, the odds are in favor of at least some of these movies being good, although it’s unlikely that all of them will make it out of development hell.

I’m open to the possibility that people can still do neat things with vampires.  Daybreakers is a fun movie, and I’m looking forward to what Neil Jordan has planned with Byzantium.  Perhaps Keller’s idea will seem interesting once we know more about it beyond “Dracula Origin Story #342″

Around The Web

Latest News


Sean Connery is surely thrilled.

BURYING THE EX: New Trailer Teases Joe Dante’s Horror Rom-Com

Anton Yelchin, Alexandra Daddario and Ashley Green star in the horror master's latest.

POINT BREAK Remake Trailer Dives into the World of Extreme Sports

Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey fill the roles previously played by Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

BELLE Director to Helm David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in A UNITED KINGDOM

Amma Asante will direct the true story of royal family member Seretse Khama, who came under fire when he married a white woman in 1949.


Plus the posters for Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ and the patriot dog movie, ‘Max’.

SAN ANDREAS: 18 Things to Know About the Dwayne Johnson Disaster Movie

Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, and more spill the beans about their new film, Spielberg influences, and more.


Matt and Adam talk about the film's themes, flaws, goals, post-production, and how the movie relates to the careers of director Brad Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof.

Second Chance: Cameron Crowe’s ELIZABETHTOWN Deserves Another Look

"Manic Pixie Dream Girl" aside, it's time to reconsider Crowe's much-maligned 'Vanilla Sky' follow-up.

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL: First Trailer For the Smash Sundance Hit

Writer/director Marielle Heller's feature debut tackles the tricky subject matter of the female sexual awakening.

New X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Set Photo Teases Caliban

The mutant has a strong connection to Oscar Isaac's villainous Apocalypse.

Page 1 of 3,96612345...102030...Last »