Universal Extends Its Monster Series With ‘Renfield’ Entry

by Thomas Tuna

Did they run out of monsters and no one told us?

Universal Pictures is moving ahead with plans to add to its impressive stable of high-profile monster classics–FrankensteinDraculaWolfmanThe Invisible Man–with a feature spotlighting Dracula’s gofer Renfield, according to Deadline. Horror News Network first reported on this project back in 2019, but additional details have now come to light.

Casting choices have yet to be announced, but at least the director and screenwriter have signed on. Chris McKay–who directed the upcoming The Tomorrow War–will helm the feature from a script by Ryan Ridley. The original storyline comes from Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead fame.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is believed the film is not a period piece–as so many Dracula-inspired movies have been–but will take place in the present day.

The movie is produced by Skybound Entertainment’s team of Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. Samantha Nisenboim will serve as executive producer.

The character of Renfield (R.M. Renfield for all the nitpickers out there) is a minor player in the Dracula mythos who first appeared in the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. In that classic, Renfield was thought to be suffering from unusual delusions and was kept under wraps in a psychiatric hospital. In reality, he was a sniveling servant of the vampire count.

Renfield has appeared in several bloodcurdling films through the years, including Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).

Universal apparently hopes Renfield–using a mixture of horror, action and humor–will play well alongside the studio’s upcoming monster flicks–Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling, and the as-yet-untitled Van Helsing feature being produced by James Wan.

Keep reading Horror News Network for casting and production details on Renfield and all other Universal Pictures projects.

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