Dracula’s Daughter: Kathryn Newton, Kevin Durand, & more join 2024 Radio Silence film

Kathryn Newton, Kevin Durand, and more have joined Radio Silence’s Universal Monsters project (a.k.a. Dracula’s Daughter), coming in 2024

Universal Pictures has set a April 19, 2024 theatrical release date for the Universal Monsters project that’s coming our way from Radio Silence, the filmmaking team that previously brought Ready or Not, Scream (2022), and Scream VI to the screen. Along with the release date announcement comes confirmation that the cast of the film includes Kathryn Newton (Freaky), Angus Cloud (Euphoria), William Catlett (A Thousand and One), and Kevin Durand (The Strain).

They join previously announced cast members Dan Stevens (The Guest), Alisha Weir, star of Matilda: The Musical, and Melissa Barrera, who worked with Radio Silence on both of their Scream movies.

Radio Silence members Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are going to be directing the film, while the third member of the trio, Chad Villella, will be producing. Their Scream movie collaborators William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and James Vanderbilt of Project X Entertainment will also be producing the monster movie alongside their Ready or Not producer Tripp Vinson. Jay Polidoro, Holly Goline, Kelly Cannon, and Jacqueline Garell are overseeing the project for Universal. Stephen Shields wrote the initial screenplay for this take on Dracula’s Daughter, and Guy Busick (who co-wrote the two recent Scream movies with Vanderbilt) has since done some revisions.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story centers on a group of kidnappers who abduct a band of young people, one of whom ends up being Dracula’s daughter. Woe then betides the kidnappers. At one point, the project was going by the title Dracula’s Daughter, but as of right now it doesn’t have an official title. Barrera will be playing one of the kidnappers, while Weir plays Dracula’s daughter. Details on the characters the other cast members will be playing haven’t been shared.

Universal indicated to The Hollywood Reporter that the project falls in the lane of such films as Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man and Renfield, Chris McKay’s take on a Dracula side character — movies that provide “a unique take on legendary monster lore and will represent a fresh, new direction for how to celebrate these classic characters.” Universal previously released a movie called Dracula’s Daughter in 1936, telling the story of “Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden), the daughter of Count Dracula and herself a vampire. Following Dracula’s death, she believes that by destroying his body, she will be free of his influence and live normally. When this fails, she turns to a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger). The Countess kidnaps Dr. Garth’s assistant, Janet (Marguerite Churchill), and takes her to Transylvania, leading to a battle between Dr. Garth and the Countess in an attempt by him to save Janet.”

Are you interested in seeing what Radio Silence does with this Dracula’s daughter story? What do you think of the cast they’ve assembled? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Source: Deadline

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