Ryan Ridley wrote the script. The film will be produced by Skybound Entertainment’s film team including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst.In the original Dracula novel, R.M. Renfield was an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but actually is a servant of Dracula. Plot details of the movie weren’t announced, but it’s believed to take place during the present day and is not a period piece.
While Universal is developing a handful of high-profile monster pics including Wolfman starring Ryan Gosling and a Van Helsing pic with James Wan producing, the studio has been high on this project since getting the first draft. While the character isn’t the flashiest among its other monster IPs, insiders say the story’s mix of humor and action was something the studios was looking to have more of because so many of the other properties have a more horror element to them like Universal’s box office hit The Invisible Man.
Besides The Menu, Hoult next will be seen starring in Season 2 of Tony McNamara’s Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild-nominated comedy series, The Great, for which he also will serve as an executive producer. Following the success of the first season, he also recently signed a first-look deal with MRC Television. The Hulu series is produced by Civic Center Media in affiliation with MRC Television. Hoult himself received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Award nominations for his portrayal of Peter in Season 1. Hoult was most recently seen in Taylor Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, alongside Angelina Jolie. Hoult’s feature and television credits include McNamara’s The Favourite, the X-Men franchise and Mad Max: Fury Road, among many others.
He is repped by UTA, 42 and Felker Toczek.