Dracula To Take Big Bite Out Of New ‘Renfield’ Feature

The film may spotlight the lackey, but the boss is still hanging around (no pun intended).

The new Universal Pictures movie Renfield–a different take on the Vampire Lord’s legend–will tell the story of R.M. Renfield, Dracula’s unhinged underling with an appetite for creepy crawlies. But, according to a report on screenrant.com, the master will still play a significant role in the film.

No casting choices for either part have been announced at this early stage of the project, and no production schedule has been released.

Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead)–who presented the idea for Renfield and will act as a producer–was asked if the undead Count will appear in the film. His answer? “Absolutely. The whole plot is that Renfield is Dracula’s servant, and he decides he doesn’t want to be a servant anymore,” Kirkman said.

“It’s that conflict that drives the story,” he added. “So, yeah, Dracula’s actually a big part of the movie. Who will play him? Can’t say. Wish I could.” So, does that mean the part has already been cast, but that information is being kept under wraps? Time will tell.

The film–directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley–is believed to be set in the present day, and will not be a period piece, as so many Dracula offerings are.

The Renfield character–who first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula–was portrayed as an inmate in a psychiatric hospital who apparently suffered from unusual delusions. In reality, he was the sniveling servant of the nocturnal Count.

Renfield has popped up in several Dracula-themed films through the years, including Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates on Renfield.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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