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Old 11-21-19, 07:25 AM
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Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

“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.

“Rick and Morty” scribe Ryan Ridley penned 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 is actually a servant of Dracula. Plot details are currently unknown, though it’s believed to take place during the present day and is not a period piece.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.
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re: Renfield (D: Chris McKay) - "Dracula’s henchman"

Some execs at Universal saw JOKER and this is what they came up with.
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re: Renfield (D: Chris McKay) - "Dracula’s henchman"

This will be about Bob Renfield an Uber driver.
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re: Renfield (D: Chris McKay) - "Dracula’s henchman"

Who drives a Subaru called “Dracula’s Henchman.”

Solid gold right there.
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EXCLUSIVE: Chris McKay is in negotiations to direct and produce Universal Pictures’ Renfield, a monster movie centered on Dracula’s familiar henchman and based on an original story outline from Robert Kirkman. McKay’s producing partner Samantha Nisenboim will be joining the project as executive producer.

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 weren’t announced, but it’s believed to take place during the present day and is not a period piece.
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Nicolas Cage has made a career of biting into his roles with seemingly reckless abandon, even as he strayed further and further from studio moviemaking and sunk his teeth into indie cinema.

Now, in a deal sealed with a vampire’s kiss, Cage is returning to a big-studio movie and will play the meaty role of Dracula in Universal Pictures’ monster movie Renfield.

Nicholas Hoult is starring as the titular character, the vampire count’s infamous acolyte and henchman, in the feature directed by Chris McKay, the helmer behind Amazon’s The Tomorrow War and The Lego Batman Movie.

McKay and Robert Kirkman are producing along with David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst. McKay’s producing partner, Samantha Nisenboim, is exec producing.

The character of Renfield originated in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as a patient in an asylum obsessed with drinking blood, deluded into thinking he will find immortality. He bows at the feet of Dracula, who, in the very definition of toxic work environments and co-dependent relationships, feeds him insects and rats and dangles everlasting life in front of him.

It is unclear how Renfield takes on the dynamic as plot details are being kept in the coffin, but the project is described as a modern-day adventure story that is comedic in tone.

Ryan Ridley, known for Fox’s Ghosted and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, penned the script based on an original story outline from Kirkman.
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re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

Renfield should be Cage.




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Renfield should be Cage.
I'm interested in this, but if they swapped roles I'd be infinitely more interested. I really love Tom Waits and his take on Renfield from the Coppola movie, but I'll still give this a chance.
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EXCLUSIVE: Bess Rous (Ghostbusters, Murder in the First) will round out the cast of Chris McKay’s Universal monster movie, Renfield.

She joins an ensemble that includes Nicholas Hoult, Nicolas Cage, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez and Shohreh Aghdashloo, as previously announced.

The film based on an original story outline by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) centers on Renfield (Hoult), who has grown sick and tired of his centuries as Dracula’s (Cage) lackey. The henchman finds a new lease on life and maybe even redemption when he falls for feisty, perennially angry traffic cop Rebecca Quincy (Awkwafina).

Bess will play Caitlyn, a member of a support group for people in toxic relationships.

Ryan Ridley (Ghosted, Rick and Morty) penned the script. McKay is producing the film shooting in New Orleans with Skybound Entertainment’s film team, including Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst and Sean Furst, with his producing partner Samantha Nisenboim exec producing.
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re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

This is Cage's first big studio film since what? Drive Angry?
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This is Cage's first big studio film since what? Drive Angry?
Ghost Rider 2.
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If you don't cast The Croods 2, anyway.
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They filmed a gun fight scene here where I live not too long ago.
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Renfield
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Evil doesn’t span eternity without a little help.

In this modern monster tale of Dracula’s loyal servant, Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men franchise) stars as Renfield, the tortured aide to history’s most narcissistic boss, Dracula (Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage). Renfield is forced to procure his master’s prey and do his every bidding, no matter how debased. But now, after centuries of servitude, Renfield is ready to see if there’s a life outside the shadow of The Prince of Darkness. If only he can figure out how to end his codependency.

Renfield is directed by Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The LEGO Batman Movie) from a screenplay by Ryan Ridley (Ghosted series, Rick & Morty series), based on an original idea by The Walking Dead and Invincible creator Robert Kirkman.

The film co-stars Awkwafina (The Farewell, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings), Ben Schwartz (Sonic, The Afterparty) and Adrian Martinez (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Focus).

Renfield is produced by Skybound Entertainment partners Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead, Invincible), co-presidents Bryan Furst (Daybreakers) and Sean Furst (Daybreakers) and by Chris McKay. McKay’s producing partner Samantha Nisenboim (co-producer, The Tomorrow War) will executive produce.

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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

So it looks sort of like "What if Gizmo from What We Do in the Shadows worked for a really evil vampire?"

But that's probably entertaining enough for two hours.
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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

It looks fun and having Nic Cage ham it up as Dracula could be entertaining.
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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

In for Cage. Hoult looks like he'll be a fun bumbling lead. I like Awkwafina but the trailer didn't really say much other than token love interest. Hopefully she'll get more to do in the actual movie, which does look like it'll be fun.
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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

It'll be watched, not in the theater if it gets released there, but streaming/rental.
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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

I’ll watch for Cage but the trailer didn’t leave me terribly enthused.

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So it looks sort of like "What if Gizmo from What We Do in the Shadows worked for a really evil vampire?"

But that's probably entertaining enough for two hours.
Hollywood seems to have vampire trends. We went from scary vampires to sexy vampires to sparkly emo vampires. Now we seem to be firmly in the hipster comedy vampire era.
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I’ll watch for Cage but the trailer didn’t leave me terribly enthused.


Hollywood seems to have vampire trends. We went from scary vampires to sexy vampires to sparkly emo vampires. Now we seem to be firmly in the hipster comedy vampire era.

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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

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Reminds me of the Jaime Foxx vampire film that just came out on Netflix a few months ago. Don't know if I'll actually go to the theaters for it, but I will catch it on home video.
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Re: Renfield (2023, D: Chris McKay) - S: Hoult, Cage

that looked great. love seeing Cage hamming it up again these days. Always loved him.
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Looks like a friggin' blast. I might actually leave the house to see this.

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