Filmmaker Chloe Zhao’s next project is a non-traditional take on a classic monster character.
Different Dracula: Zhao has been tapped by Universal Pictures to helm a science-fiction western spin on the popular vampire character Dracula, The Hollywood Reporter revealed.
- The 38-year-old director will also write and produce the film under her production outfit Highwayman.
- “I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody,” Zhao was quoted as saying.
- The announcement of Zhao’s take on the Dracula mythos coincides with the 90th anniversary of Universal’s classic “Dracula” directed by Tod Browning this year.
- “We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer.
In demand: The new project comes in the heels of Zhao’s recent Golden Globe nomination, as NextShark previously reported.
- On Wednesday, Zhao became the first Asian woman to receive a directing nomination from the Golden Globes for her work on “Nomadland.”
- “Nomadland,” which Zhao wrote, produced and directed, is among the most acclaimed movies of 2020.
- Zhao is currently doing post-production work on Marvel Studios’ “Eternals” which wrapped up filming in February 2020.
- The MCU film is set to be released in theaters on Nov. 5.