The Dracula re-imagining Harker looks like it’s finally moving forward, but a director change has been made. In February of 2011, Orphan director Jaume Collet-Serra came aboard to helm the Warner Bros. pic, which follows Scotland Yard detective Jonathan Harker as he tries to track down that pesky Dracula. Russell Crowe joined the project this past February, but now Eli Roth looks to be making a return to the director’s chair as he’s poised to take over from Collet-Serra. Hit the jump for on Roth’s bloody return to the big screen.
Per Deadline, Warner Bros. is keen on fast tracking Harker, and Collet-Serra has has his plate full with the Liam Neeson actioner Nonstop, among others. Thus, Roth is now in talks to take over the director’s chair and helm a bona fide vampire pic of his own. While it was previously reported that Crowe would be playing Harker, Deadline notes that he’ll actually be taking on the Dracula character instead. This marks a sort of streak for Crowe, as Dracula will mark yet another iconic role for the actor in addition to the upcoming Noah, Les Miserables, and Man of Steel.
As for Roth, he hasn’t helmed a feature film (excluding his short seen in Inglourious Basterds) since 2007’s Hostel: Part II. He’s currently working on the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, but Harker should prove to be meaty material for the horror veteran. Warner Bros. is hoping that Harker is the first film in a franchise that will see the detective getting his sleuth on in future installments. Crowe’s deal is only for the first film, so presumably Harker would be tracking down other creatures of the night. With the large-scale Noah getting ready to begin production in a matter of weeks, the hope is now for production on Harker to get underway next year.