Since Ghost of Mars (all the way back in 2001), there have been a lot of announcements about John Carpenter directing this or that film, many of which still haven’t materialized. But hopefully that won’t be the case for Fangland, which Carpenter will direct based on a Mark Wheaton script, adapted from the novel by John Marks. It’s a shame Carpenter doesn’t write his own stuff anymore, but 1998’s Vampires was also based on a book, and while it’s not exactly one of his best films, it IS one of his most successful (apart from the mega-budget dud Escape From LA, it was his highest grossing film since 1984’s Starman), so hopefully he’ll find the same success here. And with The Ward in the final stages of post production, this could mean back to back Carpenter films for the first time since the mid 90s! Read on for a few story details, courtesy of Variety.
John Carpenter has signed on to direct “Fangland,” an updated version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set up with DAS Films and Blumhouse Prods.
Sriram Das and Jason Blum are producing. Tracy Underwood’s also involved in a producing capacity.
“Fangland” is based on the 2007 novel by former “60 Minutes” producer John Marks. It’s centered on a New York-based producer who travels to Romania for an interview with a notorious European arms dealer, who turns out to be a modern-day Dracula.
Sounds pretty cool. Now they just need to get Dean Cundey to shoot the film, and Kurt Russell to play the vampire! I WANT MY OLD-SCHOOL CARPENTER BACK.