A new take on 1972’s Blacula is on the way from MGM, Bron and Hidden Empire Film Group, with Variety reporting tonight that Deon Taylor (The Intruder) is on board to direct!
Variety details, “The new film is a modern reimagining of the 1972 movie, directed by William Crain and starring William Marshall as Blacula. The reboot picks up where the original saga left off, after the 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream, and will be set in a metropolitan city post-coronavirus pandemic.”
“Blacula is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade. Blacula is entombed and awakens 200 years later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit.”
Deon Taylor is also co-writing the script with Micah Ranum.
“Blacula is arguably one of the most prestigious Black franchises and so important to the culture as it birthed a groundswell of Blaxploitation-horror films, which changed the game for how our people were seen on the big screen,” Taylor said in a statement to Variety.
Blacula was followed by Scream Blacula Scream in 1973, the only sequel it spawned. Bob Kelljan sat in the director’s chair for the sequel, with William Marshall reprising the title role.