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

     February 27, 2012

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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″

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