Universal Monster movie Renfield is on the way. It has just been announced that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher is attached to direct. The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman pitched the idea and is on board as a producer. However, this will be pretty different take on the Renfield character that horror fans know. This take on the project is described as a “comedic, lighthearted approach in the vein of Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.” Renfield, who is one of Dracula’s henchmen, “realizes he is in a bad, co-dependent relationship.”
Renfield was introduced in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a patient in an asylum. The character has an obsession for drinking blood and believes he will find immortality if he keeps drinking it. Renfield is eternally loyal to Dracula, who supplies him with insects and rats, while also dangling everlasting life in front of him. The comedic pitch from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman is a pretty interesting way to tell the story. Renfield takes place in present day and will not be a period piece, according to the studio. Other details about the story are not available at this time, though we should learn more soon.
Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley penned the script for Renfield. The movie will be produced by Skybound Entertainment’s film team, including Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst. Universal had originally planned on making a Universal Monsters interconnected universe, but ditched those plans early on in favor of bringing on new directors to tell these unique stories that are not connected in any way.
Dexter Fletcher is taking on Sherlock Holmes 3 next. He is new to the Universal Monsters after directing two hit musical biopics, Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. This will be a change of pace for the director, who is excited to get into the horror themes. As for how horror fans will respond to Renfield, that is another question entirely. Taking an idea that Taika Waititi has been so successful with may not be the wisest decision since it’s been done on both the big and small screen and found horror comedy success. Fletcher and crew will really have to do something different to stand apart on its own.
Universal has The Invisible Man on the way and just released the first Invisible Man trailer for the upcoming movie. So far, it seems that horror fans are looking forward to it hitting theaters in February. Paul Feig is reportedly preparing a Dark Army movie, but there are currently no details as to what that project will be exactly. Whatever the case may be, it seems that it was a wise idea to make all of the movies separate with new directors and new stories. There is no release date or prosecution start for Renfield at this time. Variety was the first to announce the latest Universal Monster movie project.