No, I’m not talking about Twilight. Competing studios have been drooling over Summit’s annual box office haul from the Stephanie Meyer adaptations and are continuing to capitalize on the trend. There are a few more blood sucker projects lined up, and one involves Russell Crowe. Hit the jump for more.
Vulture reports that Crowe is in talks to join Harker, a potential franchise movie centered around a Scotland Yard detective who follows Dracula’s path of murders across England. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) will direct before he turns his attention back to that pesky live-action adaptation of Akira that WB seems so determined to make.
The other revived project is Dracula: Year Zero, once a Sam Worthington vehicle with Alex Proyas attached to direct. Proyas went to take on Paradise Lost, and we all know how that turned out. Gary Shore is now in the director’s chair, and Worthington is no longer connected, but the movie is still supposed to be an origin story about Vlad the Impaler, who provided the basis for the Dracula myth. Seems like Universal got jealous when they heard about WB’s vampire-related news today, so they released some of their own to stay in the game. This is Hollywood after all, and it’s all about perception.
What about you? Sick of the vamp trend, or can’t wait to sink your teeth into these movies? Sound off in the comments.