Universal may have struggled to build the Dark Universe film franchise with films like Alex Kurtzman’s Mummy, however, the studio has found a taste of success thanks to Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man.
Now, as the studio basks in the success of the science fiction horror movie, a new report says that Universal has decided to begin working on a Dracula reboot for the Dark Universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has just hired Blumhouse to develop a Dracula movie for the studio. The latest film to be rebooted from Universal’s Classic Monsters roster, the Dracula reboot will feature a script from Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. The film is to be directed by Destroyer filmmaker Karyn Kusuma.
The success of Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man has definitely given Universal more confidence in its Dark Universe. Of course, it’s only natural for Universal to trust Blumhouse. Not only did The Invisible Man earn a 91% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes with most critics agreeing that the film was “smart, well, acted, and above all scary,” but it also managed to earn more than $30 million during its opening weekend.
This isn’t Blumhouse’s first success story though. The studio produced James Wan’s Insidious in 2010, M.Night Shyamalan’s Split in 2016, and Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed Get Out in 2017. The production outfit has many other movies in between, mostly from the horror genre. It’s safe to say that Blumhouse is the best fit for Universal’s next Dark Universe project.
The Invisible Man is currently screening in cinemas.