The solo film for Dracula’s unhinged servant Renfield is now moving forwards with the director of The LEGO Batman Movie at the helm.

Universal’s filmmaker-driven line-up of monster movies gets increasingly interesting with each successive announcement. Back in February we heard that Chloe Zao, director of the BAFTA-winning Nomadland, would be helming a sci-fi western Dracula picture for instance. That planned project joins a long line of promisingly different monster films green-lit by Universal in the wake of the Dark Universe’s failure, including an Invisible Woman film, a Wolfman movie with Ryan Gosling (directed by The Invisible Man‘s Leigh Whannell), as well as a James Wan-produced monster film too.

Then there’s’ Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s planned lighter-hearted take on what is rumoured to be Frankenstein, to which Channing Tatum is attached. Not to mention Paul Feig’s ambitious Dark Army project.

Whilst we haven’t heard from a few of these projects in a while, none of them are officially dead. But one film in the Universal Monsters stable that is definitely moving forwards is Renfield, the tale that focuses on Dracula’s loyal servant, one who is tormented and eventually driven mad by the vampire in his quest to receive undying life from the treacherous bloodsucker. Dexter Fletcher was originally set to direct the film, but it has now been announced that Chris McKay will be taking over the reins.

McKay directed the critically and commercial The LEGO Batman Movie, before moving onto The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt, which is set to debut on Amazon in July. We’re certainly excited to see what McKay does with the character and are looking forward to hearing details regarding casting. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

The Hollywood Reporter

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