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“NOMADLAND” and “ETERNALS” director takes on “DRACULA”–as a sci-fi/Western

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Universal’s latest reimagining of its classic character is being given a very different spin.

Variety reports that, following Leigh Whannell’s THE INVISIBLE MAN, the studio is pursuing a fresh take on its enduring vampire, and has set Chloé Zhao as writer, director and producer. Her film will be a futuristic sci-fi Western, and Zhao, whose Frances McDormand-starrer NOMADLAND has been racking up awards and goes into release this month, says, “I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody. I’m very excited to work with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reimagine such a beloved character.”

“Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the overlooked and misunderstood,” says Universal president Peter Cramer. “We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created.” Zhao has already tackled big-ticket fantasy with the Marvel adventure ETERNALS, set to hit theaters November 5.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.