Sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula Official - The Un-Dead
by Kevin Powers
October 3, 2008
Spoilers of the genre aside (ahem, Twilight) I love just about anything having to do with vampires. Alan Ball's "True Blood" on HBO, for instance, is shaping up to be a wonderful modern take on the fanged nightcrawlers. And I can even enjoy the likes of 30 Days of Night. So you can imagine my delight that news from STYD that a sequel and film adaptation to the iconic "Dracula" story by Bram Stoker is in the works, titled The Un-Dead. I know we all think sequels can usually be the death of a story, but this doesn't sound bad at all. Apparently Stoker's great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker and "award-winning Dracula documentarian and historian," Ian Holt, have sold the North American rights to the follow-up novel. The book is scheduled for an October 2009 release, while the film is expected to start production in June.
Dacre (since it's confusing just to call him Stoker) worked with Holt on the novel, combing through Bram's actual hand-written notes that intended to continue his iconic story. Dacre is quoted as saying, "Our story includes characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago." What's most noteworthy about this project is that it's the first, since the original 1931 film, to receive any sort "official" approval from the Stoker family. It seems fitting, since Dacre is an actual blood-relative of the man who authored the original horror tale in 1897, which, incidentally, has never gone out of print. Hell, you might as well pick up a copy if you haven't ever read it - it's worth it.
As for the actual story, it's anyone's guess. One of the publishers said of the book, "I was thrilled by this page-turning story and loved spending time with those great characters. Stoker and Holt did a fantastic job melding the old with the new, and I found the work to be a virtually seamless continuation of the original. The story has all the hallmarks of a historical novel, but with a modern sensibility that gives it wide-spread appeal." All of that sounds like self-serving spin, but it's all we have to go on at this point in time. As for the film, no director or any other important role has been announced yet; although, we do know that Dacre and Holt did pen the screenplay. There's certainly a lot to be excited and worried about here.
Given Dacre and Holt's proximity to the subject matter, can they actually pull it off?
i'd like to see it happen. even though the performances in bram stokers dracula were pretty bad, i still love the film so this sounds good
mos on Oct 3, 2008
i've read the novel at least three times, i can't wait to read this new one. the movie itself is amongst one of my most haves in whatever video genre we are up to, i have it on tape and dvd and will get it on Bluray once it is released.
The Delightful Deviant on Oct 3, 2008
Bravo! As long as Seth Rogen, Nick Cage and Ben Stiller are not involved in anyway shape or form. I am down. Can't wait for the book. Interesting to see these two and what screenplay will be handed to the Studio.
D-9 on Oct 5, 2008
BRAVO! The screenplay will be interesting to say the least since Stoker and Holt being involved and not handing it off. Now....the main reason to be worried if the Lame 3 have caught the eye of some lame ass studio rep. The additions of Seth Rogen, Nick Cage and Ben Stiller need to be left out of the equation. 2009 is a long wait for the book.
D-9 on Oct 5, 2008
Considering your love for vampires and Alex's love for zombies should be an easy choice of costumes for Halloween...
Peloquin on Oct 6, 2008
Twilight doesn't spoil the vampire thing. It kind of makes it better. I do like Dracula but Twilight puts a different spin on things. You, author person, are definitely not a Twilight fan. But more people watching the Twilight trailors Are then Aren't so maybe you should stop being so damn opinionated. I mean if we got upset and made trite little remarks everytime something we didn't like happened, then that's all that we'd be doing with our time. You can't please them all, so try for the majority.
Aymie Ellen` on Nov 5, 2008
How can they make a sequel to the book if Dracula is dead and turned to dust? Can someone explain this logic?
wtf? on Jan 5, 2009
I'm going to go pick up a copy of the book as soon as I can 🙂 I have readd Dracula numerous times and prefer it to Twilight any day. Best part? I'm a 15 year old girl. I mean Twilight is all fine and dandy, but I grew up on dracula, nosferatu and Anne Rice. I don't want this sparkiling flammboyant pansy to be called a vampire.
Syko on Oct 30, 2009
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