For several months now, reports have claimed that Universal is going to develop a new project that revolves around an iconic figure from Bram Stoker’s magnum opus Dracula. Renfield will be a comical investigation of the title character who was an inmate at a mental asylum, consuming living creatures in order to retain their vitality.
In the novel, Renfield has been described in the following ways, for example: “Sanguine temperament, great physical strength, morbidly excitable, periods of gloom, ending in some fixed idea which I cannot make out. I presume that the sanguine temperament itself and the disturbing influence end in a mentally-accomplished finish, a possibly dangerous man, probably dangerous if unselfish.”
Adding: “In selfish men, caution is as secure an armour for their foes as for themselves. What I think of on this point is, when self is the fixed point the centripetal force is balanced with the centrifugal. When duty, a cause, etc., is the fixed point, the latter force is paramount, and only accident or a series of accidents can balance it.”
Those in charge of the project have already confirmed that the director of The Tomorrow War, Chris McKay, will be at the helm while Rick and Morty writer Ryan Ridley is working on the script. The latest addition to the film’s growing cast is English actor Nicholas Hoult who is going to star in the lead role of Renfield. Hoult will have some big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of Dwight Frye and Tom Waits, who have previously played the character.
Producer Robert Kirkman said: “We’re doing this cool movie for Universal that’s a focus on Renfield… It’s a story about him being Dracula’s henchman and how shitty a job that is. It’s a fun, extremely violent comedy because I’ve got a crutch, and it’s violence.”