Warner Bros Goes for Dracula Re-Imagined Detective Script 'Harker'

February 7, 2011
Source: Deadline


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?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Appian Way's involvement is a good thing, who knows could be good, definitely help get Vampires back on track and not sparkle anymore.

Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011


God, just let this rest. Coppola's Dracula was brilliant with Gary Oldman. No way to top that performance.....

Buzzfunk on Feb 8, 2011


Dude, Harker "franchise"? This things already set up to fail...

Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011


I remember reading about a video game called Harker a few years back, but it never came out. I wonder if they're both based off the same thing, or if they took the video game script and decided to make it a movie instead.

Syphous on Feb 8, 2011


Negative Syphous....see what I posted below that Alex did not include in the article.

RandallM on Feb 8, 2011


Dammit Alex!!!!! Why did you not include more info such as this...... Harker was co-written by Brian McGreevy, who recently sold off his first novel, “Hemlock Grove,” a revisionist Gothic horror piece that revolves around a vampire, werewolf, and a Frankenstein monster -like teen girl who live in a regular Pennsylvania high school. The book is apparently quite literally the anti-Twilight and meant to serve as a rebuttal against the recent wave of teen supernatural romance stories that have flooded the market. There are some of us who really have much distain for the "Twi-TRIPE" and would love for something like this to come to the big screen. IMO if you would have included this information, many more of us could get behind Harker. For the above info I included is a must for most of us to give this idea a chance. Dammitt ALEX!!!! Cred X is correct again!

RandallM on Feb 8, 2011


I loved Goal II.

Marc Walker on Feb 9, 2011

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