Eli Roth in Talks to Direct Harker, Starring Russell Crowe … as Dracula

Eli RothTwo major bit of news from the world of “re-imagined” horror today, both courtesy of Deadline concerning Warner Bros’ “Harker”, their fancy new take on the novel “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

The first has “Hostel” director Eli Roth in talks to take over the directing gig from “Unknown’s” Jaume Collet-Serra, who was attached to direct in February or thereabouts. Apparently Collet-Serra is now out, and Roth is scheduled to bring his brand of horror mayhem to the film. We can only assume it will involve sharp objects and lots and lots of blood.

The second major news has Russell Crowe, previously rumored to join the production, now firmly attached to star … as Dracula.

“Harker”, as the name may imply, follows a Scotland Yard Detective name Jonathan Harker, whose investigation into a rash of killings leads him to to the bloodthirsty Dracula, to be played by Crowe. Of course, in Stoker’s original take, Harker was a wayward traveling lawyer who ended up in Dracula’s clutches. Or, er, in the clutches of Dracula’s brides. Hey, if you gotta go…

The role of Harker is still uncast.

Apparently Warner Bros. wanted to fast-track “Harker”, and Collet-Serra just wasn’t available immediately, so they’ve moved on to Roth. (But isn’t Crowe also set to start on Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” soon?) Collet-Serra, meanwhile, is already busy with the “Die Hard on an Airplane” movie “Nonstop”, which will reunite him with his “Unknown” star Liam Neeson.

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