“I curse you with my name. You shall be…Blacula.”
It’s been a couple of years since plans were revealed for a reboot of 1972’s Blacula, and this week something a bit more concrete was dropped by Variety.
The MGM, Bron and Hidden Empire Film Group project now has a projected release window of the 2024 Halloween season, with Deon Taylor (The Intruder) directing from a screenplay he wrote with Micah Ranum. No casting choices have yet been announced.
The remake reportedly will pick up after the events of the 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream, and will be set in a major city during the days following a COVID outbreak.
The new film reportedly will follow an 18th-Century African prince named Mamuwalde who is cursed by Dracula for not agreeing to end the slave trade. The one-time prince is then entombed for two centuries before awakening to avenge the death of his ancestors.
The original Blacula–starring William Marshall–was directed by William Crain from a screenplay by Joan Torres, Raymond Koenig and Richard Glouner.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on this Blacula remake.