There is a huge, blockbuster vampire film, starring A-list celebs in the works! Harker, a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, has been picked up by Warner Bros and already has both Leonardo DiCaprio AND Russell Crowe attached to the project. The film is only in the early stages and it’s already looking fan-freaking-tastic!
Written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy (both of Hemlock Grove), the film will focus on Jonathan Harker as the Scotland Yard detective who is tracking Dracula, and the script sets up the sleuth as a potential new franchise character.
As the project kicks off more and more info is coming in, like that Russell Crowe is set to star. That’s right, Crowe is now attached to Harker. The role he has been cast may be a surprise, for Crowe isn’t set to play Jonathan Harker, instead he has been cast to play Dracula. As for Harker, that role has yet to be cast.
In other Harker news, horror master Eli Roth is in talks to direct the big film. Apparently previously attached director Jaume Collet-Serra has moved on to other projects.
When Warner Bros acquired Harker way back in February 2011, the director attached was Unknown’s Jaume Collet-Serra. But the studio had him work Akira instead… until the film based on the anime classic was axed for cost reasons. Now Collet-Serra is helming another Joel Silver film with Liam Neeson, Nonstop. The studio doesn’t want to wait on Collet-Serra , they want to fast-track Harker and have gone to Roth for that.
If Roth does sign on to direct then this is going to be a horror film, not another pretty vampire movie. Roth is known for his gruesome and very bloody style. He is the man behind Grindhouse, Hostel, Cabin Fever and more. So expect a graphic vampire film.
As for Leo’s role – Harker will be produced by Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio (who is not planning to act in the film) and Jennifer Davisson Killoran in a co-production with Mad Hatter Entertainment. He won’t be IN the film, but he does have a big part in the making of it.
That’s the latest on Warner Bros’ Harker. What are your thoughts so far?