Karyn Kusama’s ‘Dracula’ movie has been dropped.
The 54-year-old director was supposed to make a film about the legendary vampire for Blumhouse and Miramax Films but the project died because the latter would be released.
The film was to be titled “Mina Harker” and was to feature Jasmine Cephas Jones as the title character who encounters Dracula in a modern Los Angeles setting.
Kusama’s frequent collaborators Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi had written the screenplay based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel “Dracula.”
Plans for the film were first revealed two years ago and fans had been excited about what Kusama – whose previous credits include “The Invitation” and “Destroyer” – would do with the story.
“Mina Harker” would have been one of several “Dracula” movies currently in development in Hollywood, including “Renfield,” which stars Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult.
Karyn had suggested that her film would be “faithful” to Bram Stoker’s original take on the character.
She said: “It’s a fairly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel.
“I think something that’s been overlooked in adaptations of ‘Dracula’ in the past is the idea of multiple voices. In fact, the book is filled with different points of view. And the only point of view which we don’t have access to, and all of the adaptations that most adaptations provide access to, is Dracula himself.
“So I would just say in some ways this is going to be an adaptation called ‘Dracula’, but maybe it’s not the same kind of romantic hero that we’ve seen in the past…in past renditions of ‘Dracula’ ” .”