Start those casting debates about who should be the next Dracula. Universal is (finally) adding the famed bloodsucker to its roster of classic monster movie reboots.
The Count will join new Dark Universe versions of The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, and Frankenstein.
Also joining the ghoulish stable, according to "The Mummy" director Alex Kurtzman, remakes of other classic Universal horror films "Creature from the Black Lagoon," "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame,"Fandom reports.
First up, is "The Mummy," starring Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, and Russell Crowe, which opens Friday. Then we'll get Javier Bardem as the Monster in "Bride of Frankenstein." Fittingly, Bill Condon, who made 1998's "Gods and Monsters" about "Bride of Frankenstein's director James Whale, will direct. Also announced: Johnny Depp as "The Invisible Man."
We might also be seeing more minor characters getting their own spin-offs. "There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting," Kurtzman said while out promoting "The Mummy."
Does that mean we can expect, "Igor, the Movie?" (A role recently played by Daniel Radcliffe in "Victor Frankenstein.") Or "Renfield: The Blood is the Life"? (Paging Tom Waits to reprise his role as the eccentric fly-eater from 1992's "Bram Stroker's Dracula.")