Because you can never have too many movies about Dracula, Crystal Sky is currently prepping a new horror franchise called “Dracula: The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse”, a film that they hope will spawn (of course) a potential movie franchise.
If a new Dracula movie isn’t enough, Crystal Sky is also prepping a prequel to the live-action “Tekken” movie, to be called “Tekken: Rise of the Tournament”. And get this — they already have “Ong Bak” director Prachya Pinkaew attached to direct.
In a chat with THR while selling their wares over at Cannes, Crystal Sky CEO Steven Paul revealed plans for their upcoming slate. There is a children’s dog movie, but I’m going to take a stab that you guys don’t care too much about that. But I bet you’re wondering what this “Dracula” movie of theirs is all about, huh? Well, glad you asked:
“It’s the first installment in a franchise about a young, romantic Prince of Darkness, his Army of the Undead and a series of events that shake Transylvania to its core,” said Paul, who calls the vampires “the bad boys” of their time. He said the intent is to create a Twilight-type franchise, which will spin off movie after movie in years to come.
Hah. The “bad boys” of their time. That’s hilarious. Wait, it’s supposed to be a comedy, right? No? Oh well.
Paul also plans Tekken: Rise of the Tournament as part of a franchise of movies. Based on a popular series of video games, it is a prequel to the 2010 movie Tekken, which was released on video in the U.S. by Anchor Bay as part of a 15-movie output deal signed by Crystal Sky in 2010.
Paul is hoping the prequel, directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong Bak), will get a domestic theatrical release although no deal is in place as yet. The movie will not have stars but will have actors who look like the characters in the video games.
This wouldn’t be Prachya Pinkaew’s first English-language film. He also directed “White Elephant” with Djimon Hounsou and Kevin Bacon last year, but that one went straight to DVD.
Here’s hoping Pinkaew doesn’t squander his “Ong Bak” street cred with another direct-to-DVD average actioner, though I don’t have all that much hope that “Tekken: Rise of the Tournament” is going to be his breakout film. But hey, I could be wrong.