Blumhouse to follow 'Invisible Man' with new 'Dracula' movie

Ben Arnold
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English actor Christopher Lee as the blood-sucking Count in 'Dracula A.D. 1972', directed by Alan Gibson for Hammer Films, 1972. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Indie studio Blumhouse is set to follow its success with The Invisible Man reboot with a new Dracula movie.

Director Karyn Kusama will be taking on the Prince of Darkness in a new movie based on Bram Stoker's iconic literary vampire.

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Kusama made 2005 actioner Æon Flux with Charlize Theron, and recent Nicole Kidman drama Destroyer, with husband Phil Hay and writing partner Matt Manfredi, who will also pen the new Dracula project.

According to The Wrap, the movie isn't yet officially signed up with Universal Pictures, but it would certainly fall into the indie studio's 'first look' arrangement with the major.

Karyn Kusama (Credit: Presley Ann/Getty Images for Free The Work)

Blumhouse appears to be reinvigorating the Universal 'monster movie' properties, which include The Invisible Man, Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy.

It follows the demise of Universal's ‘Dark Universe’ plans, in which the monster movies would have been turned into a blockbuster series.

However, after Tom Cruise's The Mummy tanked at the box office, plans for an Invisible Man movie with Johnny Depp, and Frankenstein movie with Javier Bardem and a Doctor Jekyll movie with Russell Crowe were all axed.

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Blumhouse, in taking on The Invisible Man with Elizabeth Moss, turning the long-standing concept into a tale of an abusive relationship, has scored at the box office.

It's made over $409 million from a $125 million budget.

There are more monster movies in the Blumhouse pipeline too.

Insidious creator James Wan is working on a Frankenstein project, Dexter Fletcher is planning Renfield movie about Dracula's henchman, along with a potential Invisible Woman project from Elizabeth Banks and a Dark Army movie from Paul Feig.