Renfield photo confirms Nicolas Cage’s new vampire movie has started filming. Renfield is giving Universal an another chance to modernize its selection of classic monster characters. Nicolas Cage will star opposite Nicholas Hoult who is set to play R. M. Renfield, the bloodsucking Earl’s deranged henchman.
Nicolas Cage’s take on Dracula draws closer as Universal Pictures film Renfield began filming, and the studio released a photo of the production opening clapperboard to make the announcement.
Directed and produced by The LEGO Batman Movie and The Tomorrow War director Chris McKay, the film is written by Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and Rick and Morty’s Ryan Ridley, and stars Nicholas Hoult in the title role of R. M. Renfield.
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In the image released by Universal Pictures, the clapperboard features the names of the director and producer Chris McKay and cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen, as well as the movie’s title written in a bold yellow and red font that was often used on horror feature films of the 1930s and 1940s and is therefore reminiscent of the type of title used in marketing materials for the 1931 version of Dracula, which starred Bela Lugosi. While there is currently no release date set for Renfield, it looks like the movie will be released in 2023.
R. M. Renfield is a character who appears in Bram Stoker’s famous gothic novel Dracula. In the novel, he suffers from delusions which compel him to eat living creatures that he can get his hands on including insects, spiders, and birds that he manages to lure into his room.
While Universal Pictures retains the rights to the classic adaptations of movie monster stories and the characters deeply associated with them, they seem to have been mostly challenging in using them.
On the other hand, The Dark Universe being developed. Universal seems to have considered their options and are now developing individual movies with modern twists. Dark Universe projects in development at the studio includes Ryan Gosling’s turn as the Wolfman is another movie in production, and Renfield will seemingly continue down the same route.