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Dracula to rise from the grave in new adaptations

15th February 2012

Bram Stoker's most famous creation is set to rise from the grave, after a number of new film adaptations based on Dracula were given the green light.

The Dracula legend has been visited many times by Hollywood over the years, ranging from the Hammer horror films of the 1960s to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 adaptation and the tongue-in-cheek 2004 production Van Helsing.

Now, it seems this list is set to expand, after a number of studios commissioned new productions that will be released over the next 18 months.

The first of these is Harker, a reimagining of the classic tale starring Russell Crowe, in which Jonathan Harker will be a Scotland Yard detective tracking down the Count, rather than the property lawyer detailed in Stoker's novel.

Sam Worthington is also set to star in Dracula Year Zero, which will be directed by Gary Shore and focus more on the legend of Vlad the Impaler - the inspiration for Dracula – and how he came to be transformed into a supernatural being.

The revamped Hammer Studios has also confirmed that a new Dracula film will be released at some point over the next couple of years, though Hammer chief executive Simon Oakes said it is not yet known who will step into Christopher Lee's shoes as the legendary vampire.

'We can't really tell you much about it but we really are looking at it. I've been saying that we'd never remake the films per se, but we would do our own versions of them,' he told the website Digital Spy.

Finally, NBC has revealed it is currently developing a new drama series set in the 1890s and based on Stoker's novel, which it claims will be similar in style to the acclaimed BBC production The Tudors and focus closely on the gothic elements of the book.

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