Eli Roth To Return To Directing With Russell Crowe, 'Dracula' Pic
Should be interesting
By Corwin Neuse Jul 11, 2012 8:27AM
Eli Roth hasn't directed a feature since his "Hostel II" bombed so spectacularly back in 2007. Now, however, it seems that he's getting back in the saddle, with Deadline reporting that he's now locked in negotiations to direct "Harker," an update/re-imagining of the Dracula tale that's been kicking around in development at Warner Brothers for over a year.
The film would potentially launch a franchise (of course) centered around its protagonist, Jonathan Harker, a Scotland Yard detective who spends at least this initial installment tracking down, ahem, Dracula.
The Harker role has yet to be cast, but none other than Russell Crowe is currently attached to play the famed Transylvanian blood sucker. Which means he could potentially go from playing Noah for Oscar-nominee Daren Aranofsky to playing a vampire for trash-auteur Roth. Interesting?
Will Crowe live up to the example of Gary Oldman, Leslie Neilson, et al. in the annals of cinematic Dracula-dom? Will Roth triumph in his return to directing? Will we ever stall out in our unending quest to come up with the perfect rhetorical question? Only time will tell. Until then...
Jul 12, 2012 7:49AM
Typical Critic who knows nothing of what he's saying and fires from the hip, Hostel 2's worldwide ticket sales were $33, 606, 409. DVD sales in the US 16,426,426 compared to the 7,500,000 dollar budget hardly a spectacular bomb donkey butt. Do you just make this stuff up yourself?
Jul 12, 2012 9:09AM
he would be better suited as the Scotland Yard Inspector, not the Vamp. Johnny Depp would be the better choice for the blood sucker, dressed up similar to Edward Scissor Hands.
Jul 12, 2012 6:13AM
The article failed to mention my 2 favorite Dracula's - George Hamilton's comic take in "Love at First Bite", and to my mind, the best Dracula ever, Frank Langella. He was the most sexy and brooding Dracula to hit the screen.
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