‘Renfield’ Movie Will Focus on Dracula’s Bug-Eating Henchman While James Wan-Produced ‘Frankenstein’ Heads to the Lab

‘Renfield’ Movie Will Focus on Dracula’s Bug-Eating Henchman While James Wan-Produced ‘Frankenstein’ Heads to the Lab

20 Nov 2019 (PT)
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Renfield, the lunatic who loves to eat bugs and pal around with Count Dracula, is getting his own movie. Having failed with their original Dark Universe plan, Universal is now taking risks on stranger projects. One is Leigh Whannell’s creepy-looking and very modern  Invisible Man. The other is Paul Feig’s  Dark Army. And now here comes  Renfield, with  Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher at the helm. In addition to that, there’s apparently a James Wan-produced  Frankenstein in the works, too.

Variety has the scoop on the  Renfield movie, stating that the idea comes from a pitch via  Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.  Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley will write the script, while Dexter Fletcher will direct. Plot details aren’t available at the moment, but in Bram Stoker’s original novel Dracula, R. M. Renfield is a patient at a lunatic asylum who has a connection to the bloodsucking count. In various film adaptations, the bond between Dracula and Renfield was enhanced, making him a solicitor who first tried to sell Drac on some property in the U.K. Dwight Frye memorably played Renfield in the 1931  Dracula, and Tom Waits stole the show as the character in 1992’s  Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Is there enough material to make an entire movie around Renfield? Or will this film be a retelling of  Dracula from Renfield’s point-of-view? We’ll have to wait and see. I thought  Rocketman was surprisingly good, but while watching it, I didn’t stop and think, “I sure hope Dexter Fletcher makes a horror movie next! This guy has what it takes to make something scary!” Still, I’m willing to give it a shot just because I love the Universal Monsters so much.

Renfield is the latest attempt from Universal to bring their classic monsters back to life. They had mapped out an entire cinematic universe that was supposed to kick-off with  The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise. But after that movie tanked, the so-called Dark Universe was returned to the grave. Now, rather than worry about interconnected cinematic universes, Universal is instead focusing on individual movies. The first to arrive will be  Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss. Paul Feig is currently working on  Dark Army, which is said to feature both classic Universal monsters and new characters as well. And, perhaps most interesting of all, the Variety story about  Renfield casually tosses off that James Wan is producing a new take on  Frankenstein, and that the studio is currently “meeting with directors” for that project.

Source: Slashfilm.com

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