Chloe Zhao has teamed up with Universal Pictures to develop a new feature project based on the most iconic vampire of all time, Count Dracula.
This report comes from THR just a day after the 2021 Golden Globe nominations. The Golden Globe nominated writer and director will write, direct and produce the project through her production company Highwayman.
“Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the overlooked and misunderstood,” said Universal Pictures president, Peter Cramer. “We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created.”
Although the details of the film is being kept tightly under wraps, this title won’t be anything close to the conventional incarnations of the titular bloodsucker as Zhao’s version is officially described as an original futuristic, sci-fi western. (so don’t expect any castles).
THR notes, “Themes of being on society’s fringes, something Zhao has tackled in her previous work, will course through the project’s veins.”
“I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody.” Stated Zhao. “I’m very excited to work with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reimagine such a beloved character.”
Chloe Zhao’s Dracula project will be the latest addition to a vast catalogue of movieland monster motion pictures that Universal has steadily built over the years. With the dark universe more or less dead, Universal has been giving directors more creative control over movies as they won’t be bound anymore by the rules which usually comes with a shared story universe.
Zhao’s most recent film, Nomadland, received four Golden Globe nominations overall including best screenplay and best director for Zhao herself, the latter making her the first Asian woman to receive a Golden Globe directing nomination.
Nomadland had previously won multiple awards including best feature and audience award at the Gotham awards and best picture from the National Society of film critics
Zhao’s upcoming Marvel project Eternals is currently in post production and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even called her pitch the best he’d ever heard.