Dexter Fletcher to Direct Universal Monster Movie ‘Renfield,’ Based on the Dracula Character

Dexter Fletcher, who most recently directed the Elton John biopic Rocketman, will be directing Renfield, a Universal Pictures monster movie connected to the world of Dracula.

The character of Renfield originated in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a patient in an asylum with an obsession for drinking blood, deluded into thinking he will find immortality. He serves as a loyal follower to the vampire king, who feeds him and teases him with the idea of everlasting life.  The henchman has appeared in numerous film adaptations, including the 1931 film Dracula and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation.

Fletcher’s take on the project is said to be a comedic, lighthearted approach similar to that of Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Fletcher’s film is said to have Renfield realize he is in a bad, co-dependent relationship.

Fletcher hasn’t spent much time in Hollywood but his credits are fairly impressive. His filmography includes Eddie the Eagle, stepping in to replace Bryan Singer to complete Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, and an upcoming third Sherlock Holmes film for Warner Bros.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman had the initial pitch idea for the take and Ryan Ridley, who has worked on FX’s comedy Ghosted and Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty, penned the script. Kirkman will also be producing along with David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst.

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