“It” Director Andy Muschietti in Talks for Vampire Prequel “Dracul” at Paramount

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Just days away from the release of his adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and director (Mama) is already setting up future projects, including one that would reteam him with his It producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.

has bought the rights to the novel , the first prequel to Bram Stoker’s acclaimed vampire novel that has been authorized by his estate, and Muschietti is in talks to possibly direct it.

Written by Stoker’s Canadian-American great grand-nephew Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, the new novel is set in 1868 where the 21 year-old Bram Stoker meets an ungodly evil that traps him in an ancient tower, inspiring the classic novel which has been adapted into film almost a dozen times.

Putnam’s Mark Tavani bought the novel through Kristin Nelson at the , while Simon Taylor of Transworld bought the UK rights to Dracul with French rights going to Michael Lafon.

The project will be overseen by Paramount executive Vanessa Joyce working with Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment.

The film deal was brokered by the with attorney Wayne Alexander

Muschietti is repped by and .

This project was first reported by Deadline.

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