Instead of prescribing a mandate that the films be part of a larger scheme, Universal loosened those restrictions and open-sourced to filmmakers to create their own unique stories. Universal had originally planned on creating an interconnected universe with its vast catalog of monster IP. However, the studio reassessed, and decided to move forward with filmmaker-driven projects based on the monsters' legacies, focusing on what made the characters endure over time.
In the original "Dracula" novel, R.M. Plot details are currently unknown, though it's believed to take place during the present day and is not a period piece. Renfield was an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions, but is actually a servant of Dracula.
Best known as the creator of "The Walking Dead" comics, Kirkman has been sought out on the producing front for more horror IP that includes a reboot for "An American Werewolf in London."
The film will be produced by Skybound Entertainment’s film team, including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. "Rick and Morty" scribe Ryan Ridley penned the script.
Fletcher is repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Kirkman is represented by CAA, Circle of Confusion and Katz Golden Rosenman, and Ridley is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.” />
The film will mark Fletcher's first genre film following two musical biopics, starting with "Bohemian Rhapsody," on which he was brought on after Bryan Singer was fired midway through the shoot. He followed that up with the Elton John pic "Rocketman," which is in the awards conversation this year and grossed $96 million domestically.
That strategy is on display in Blumhouse and Leigh Whannell's "The Invisible Man," which debuts in 2020 and dropped its first trailer this month. Besides this and "Invisible Man," Paul Feig is also currently developing a secret monster movie.
"Rocketman" director Dexter Fletcher is attached to direct Universal's "Renfield," a monster movie centered on Dracula’s henchman and based on an original pitch from Robert Kirkman.

The biopic, which follows the personal and professional journey of the iconic performer, will make its U.S debut on May 31.” />
And that’s what needs to be approached responsibly and it's a beautiful scene I’m very proud of." Fletcher is also proud of the scene, telling Malkin that "what’s important is you see two people having a moment, Elton’s first love.
It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. Shortly after the report was published, he wrote, "Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!! See for yourself May 24." It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumors. That’s good! Fletcher also previously took to Twitter to respond to claims that Paramount was attempting to "straight-wash" the film.
That’s down to me, that’s how I need to tell the story at that particular moment. You might see a little bit of butt, you might not. When addressing the controversy with Malkin at CinemaCon on Thursday, Fletcher said, "The real story is that I shot the love scene and like any scene, we go through the edit of the scene and we look at how it works best for what we’re trying to communicate. That remains to be seen."
“It’s nonsense," Egerton told Variety's Marc Malkin when asked about the reports. It’s been slightly blown out of proportion how extreme it is." "There is a love scene in the film.
“It’s one moment in a film that I believe is full of great moments." "I think it’s a really beautiful bit of male intimacy,” Egerton said. Whether it remains in the film or not, Egerton takes pride in his part in the love scene.
Taron Egerton, who will play Elton John in the forthcoming “Rocketman,” responded to claims that Paramount attempted to cut out a gay sex scene from the biopic.
Controversy ensued over the sex scene after the Daily Mail published an article in late March alleging that Paramount asked director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn to cut out a sequence in the film that shows John sitting in bed naked alongside his lover and manager, John Reid, played by Richard Madden. Per the report, Paramount wanted to cut the sequence in order to sanitize the film and receive a PG-13 rating.