Warner Bros Goes for Dracula Re-Imagined Detective Script 'Harker'
Warner Bros seems to be happy with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra's new flick Unknown, hitting theaters on the 18th. Deadline reports that WB is closing a deal to acquire a spec script called Harker, with Collet-Serra attached to helm again, written by relative newcomers Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy. Harker is a re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula, following a story of a Scotland Yard detective named Jonathan Harker who is tracking Dracula. So kind of a mix between Sherlock Holmes and Van Helsing? Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, will be co-producing with Mad Hatter Films.
Deadline doesn't say too much else about this, besides that "the script sets up the sleuth as a potential new franchise character." So, as I said before, it kind of seems like a Holmes/Helsing mash-up wrapped around a "Dracula re-imagined" concept, potentially as more action-horror than straight horror. This could be cool, especially with Jaume Collet-Serra at the helm, as he's got a unique style he brings to his films. Collet-Serra directed the horror movie Orphan for Appian Way as well as Goal II: Living the Dream and House of Wax before that. We'll keep you updated on the progress of Harker and if we hear anything else. Sound good?