Recently, it was revealed that Karyn Kusama had worked out a deal with Blumhouse to adapt “Dracula” for the studio. For fans of her films “Jennifer’s Body” and “The Invitation,” the idea that Kusama’s unique style can be brought to a horror icon like Bram Stoker’s creation. And speaking to the Stephen King podcast, The Kingcast (via SYFY), the filmmaker explained how her version of “Dracula” might differ from the various other film adaptations.
The filmmaker said that her version of “Dracula” will be “a fairly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel.”
“…it is using the idea of, I think, something that gets overlooked in adaptations of ‘Dracula’ in the past is the idea of multiple voices,” Kusama added. “In fact, the book is filled with different points of view, and the one point of view we don’t get access to, and most adaptations give access to, is Dracula himself. So I would just say, in some respect, this is going to be an adaptation called ‘Dracula,’ but it’s perhaps not the same kind of romantic hero that we’ve seen in past interpretations of ‘Dracula.’”
With the COVID-19 pandemic taking most film productions and delaying them by months, it’s unclear when we might see Kusama’s new horror film. Her most recent feature is the 2018 film, “Destroyer,” which stars Nicole Kidman and Sebastian Stan. And though it appears casting is still a ways off, her previous collaborator, Stan, has been already asking for the lead role.
However, considering Blumhouse is known for its quick turnaround on features, we could be seeing “Dracula” sooner than we think. And hopefully, we’ll see Kusama reinvent the “Dracula” mythos in a way that is similar to Blumhouse’s great reimagining of “The Invisible Man” from earlier this year.