Universal Developing Movies Based on Dracula and Frankenstein After ‘The Invisible Man’ Success

The Invisible Man was a visible success and Universal is taking the next steps in riving its iconic Universal Monsters portfolio.

THR reports that Karyn Kusama has been hired to direct a new Dracula movie from Blumhouse. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay will write the script.

Although the project isn’t technically housed at Universal yet, Blumhouse has a first-look deal with the studio. Plus it would be dumb for Universal to let a different studio partner with Blumhouse on Dracula after The Invisible Man showed promising signs of a renewed interest in classic horror monsters.

The new Dracula film follows on the news of James Wan developing a movie partially inspired by Frankenstein for Universal. Wan will produce while Robbie Thompson (Supernatural) writes the script.

THR says that while the film is currently untitled, it’s synopsis sounds like a modern take on Frankenstein. THR says the film has “shades of Disturbia” and focuses “on a group of teens who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement. Spoiler: the monster gets loose.”

There were rumors circulating a while back that Wan was developing a film featuring Frankenstein. Nothing was ever confirmed, but it seems likely this was the film being discussed.

With The Invisible Man having recently crossed $100 million worldwide on a $7 million budget, Universal is clearly happy with its new “filmmaker-driven approach”. In addition to new takes on Dracula and Frankenstein, the studio also has Renfield, The Invisible Woman, Dark Army, The Bride of Frankenstein, and The Monster Mash in the works.

I saw The Invisible Man last weekend and it was one of the best films I have seen in theaters in a long time. It was a tight, suspenseful thriller that had great special effects and acting. If Universal and Blumhouse keep making monster films with this level of quality, I’ll go see every one.

Are you happy to see the Universal Monsters making a comeback? Do you think the Dark Universe was always destined to fail due to its inter-connected approach?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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