Eli Roth in Talks to Sink His Teeth into Harker
Some interesting details are coming in for the new take on the legend of everyone's favorite fanged Count, Harker. Read on for the skinny! Apparently previously attached director Jaume Collet-Serra has moved on to other projects.
According to Deadline, Eli Roth is in talks to go back behind the camera for Warner Bros.' Harker, which is to star Russell Crowe. That’s right, Crowe is now attached. But not to play the role of Harker in the spec script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy that’s a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Instead, Crowe is attached to play Dracula, who is tracked by Jonathan Harker, a Scotland Yard detective.
Crowe is only on board for the first film, but the script sets up the sleuth as a potential new franchise character. Harker is as yet uncast.
When Warner Bros acquired Harker in February 2011, the director attached was Unknown‘s Jaume Collet-Serra. But the studio asked Collet-Serra to oversee Akira until the film based on the anime classic was shelved for cost reasons. Now Collet-Serra is helming another Joel Silver film with Liam Neeson, Nonstop. However, the studio wants to fast-track Harker and has just gone to Roth.
We'll see how this all shakes out soon enough. Stay tuned.
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