It seems like It‘s going to be a big hit and could make its director Andy Muschietti one of the hottest directors in Hollywood. Muschietti is already on board to direct the pilot episode of Hulu’s comic book series adaptation Locke and Key, and will probably helm the It sequel too. And Deadline informs us that he has another project on his plate.
Written by Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew Dacre Stoker [who has already co-written a book sequel to Dracula called Dracula: The Un-Dead] and J.D. Barker, Dracul is:
Set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there.
So this seems to mean that, following 2014’s lame Dracula Untold, we’re getting a second origin story for Count Dracula, though coming at the subject matter a different way. There is an interesting film to be made from Stoker’s relationship with the actor Henry Irvine, who was the chief inspiration for Stoker’s character, but I doubt that this will be it.
In any case, Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Dracul, which:
“Will be developed as a potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, teamed with It producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.”