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Dracula sequel gains Stoker approval

BramStokerDracula.jpgJan De Bont is working on producing the movie for the first Stoker estate approved sequel to the original Bram Stoker story of Dracula since the original 1931 Bela Lugosi adaptation.

The screenplay carries the working title The Undead after the subtitle of the Stoker original. From Fangoria:

...the script was written by Ian Holt and is set 25 years after the book’s events. All the surviving protagonists—including Jonathan and Mina Harker and Professor Van Helsing—appear, along with Inspector Cotford, a character cut from the original manuscript, facing the bloodsucking Count once again...

Well done Holt, although to be honest it sounds like he went through trials galore to get there...

"Me and a friend huddled in the room where Dracula’s wife jumped out the window to her death,"..wound up being knighted by The Transylvanian Society of Dracula into the Order of the Dragon.

However for all that the Stoker estate allowed him to read the original manuscript, turning each page with gloves hands and watched by a guard.

"It was such an honor to be holding the second most popular book of all time behind the Bible. It brought tears to my eyes and brought me full circle with the story."

Well at least he truly believes in the story, and it sounds like the screenplay at least is fitting with the original novel. The film is another matter however. De Bont is saying that they want A-List actors and this to be no slasher picture but a true sequel.



I'm intrigued, it would be nice to see this turn into some good.

It's the second most popular book of all time behind the Bible? Quite a claim there eh?


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