Despite being the originator of the most popular vampire story of the past 100 or so years, Bram Stokerâ€™s Dracula is incredibly restrained with its vampire nastiness. Dracula, in the novel, is a spectre, a mystery, an intriguing incitement to delve deeper into dark horrors that unfold slowly.
Karyn Kusama, who is taking on a new film adaptation of the book, hopes to bring some of that mystique back to the film, according to an interview with the Stephen King podcast The Kingcast (h/t to Syfy Wire). Leaning on the bookâ€™s more broad structure, which incorporates multiple voices and perspectives, Kusamaâ€™s adaptation will, hopefully, stand apart from the rest.
â€œSomething that gets overlooked in adaptations of Dracula in the past is the idea of multiple voices,â€ Kusama said. â€œIn fact, the book is filled with different points of view, and the one point of view we donâ€™t get access to, and most adaptations give access to, is Dracula himself. So I would just say, in some respect, this is going to be an adaptation called Dracula, but itâ€™s perhaps not the same kind of romantic hero that weâ€™ve seen in past interpretations of Dracula.â€
We know Dracula. We see him all the time. We even get flashbacks to how he raised his kid. And known quantities arenâ€™t nearly as interesting as unknown ones, especially in horror. Kusamaâ€™s Dracula might be one we see much less of, and who we end up not fully understanding. Which could, frankly, make for a much better film.
Kusama, who also directed Jenniferâ€™s Body and The Invitation to horror perfection, is working on Dracula with The Invitation writers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay. It doesnâ€™t have a release date yet.