Variety has reported that a reboot of blaxploitation horror classic Blacula is in the works!
“The new film is a modern reimagining of the 1972 movie, directed by William Crain and starring William Marshall as Blacula. The reboot picks up where the original saga left off, after the 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream, and will be set in a metropolitan city post-coronavirus pandemic.”
Deon Taylor (The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2; Fatale; The Intruder) is directing and co-producing from a screenplay co-written with Micah Ranum. MGM, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Hidden Empire Film Group’s Roxanne Avent Taylor are co-producing the movie.
In a statement, Taylor said: “Blacula is arguably one of the most prestigious Black franchises and so important to the culture as it birthed a groundswell of blaxploitation-horror films, which changed the game for how our people were seen on the big screen.”
“Blacula is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade. Blacula is entombed and awakens 200 years later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit.”
Here’s the trailer for the 1972 original: