R.M. Renfield Feature Gets Director at Universal

Coming in from Variety, Dracula’s henchman Renfield will be getting a feature film at Universal Pictures set to be directed by Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) with an original story by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead comics).

Although Universal’s “Dark Universe” has as of late been filmmaker driven stand-alone features instead of a shared franchise, Renfield is the latest addition following 2017’s The Mummy and The Invisible Man that is set for release on February 28, 2020.

From the lore created by Bram Stoker in the 1897 novel Dracula, R.M. Renfield was an patient overseen by Dr. John Seward at a psychiatric hospital who was committed as he was thought to be delusional but was actually a servant of the vampire lord, Count Dracula.

Past portrayals of the character have been played by Alexander Granach (Nosferatu, 1922) Dwight Frye (Dracula, 1931), Klaus Kinski (Count Dracula, 1970), Jack Shepherd (Count Dracula, 1977), Roland Topor (Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979) and Tom Waits (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992).

Although no cast or release date are set, Horror News Network will post the latest on Renfield as details unfold.

Mark McCurley
Staff Writer at Horror News Network
Since Mark was four years old he has always loved the horror genre, even when his mother would be a good parent and not let him watch such films. It was when he would sneak into the Horror section at the video store called Tommy K's that he would see all of the VHS covers of classics like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

During his time as a journalism major and news staff writer at Southern CT State University, he had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren before a seminar in 2009 at the Lyman Center on campus.
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