Chloe Zhao to direct Sci-Fi Western Dracula

Chloe Zhao has teamed up with Universal Pictures to join the studio’s classic film monster repertoire, developing a feature project based on the most famous vampire of all, Dracula.

Zhao will write, direct and produce through her production company, Highwayman.

This new Dracula project, will not be anything like the traditional or even modern incarnations made over the years with Zhao’s version being described as an original, futuristic, sci-fi Western.


Universal Pictures president, Peter Cramer said:

“Chloé’s singular lens shines a light on stories of the overlooked and misunderstood. We are thrilled to be working with her as she reimagines one of the most iconic outsider characters ever created.”

Zhao added :

“I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other they embody. I’m very excited to work with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reimagine such a beloved character.”


Zhao’s Dracula take comes as the character sharpens his fangs to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Universal’s classic directed by Tod Browning that starred Bela Lugosi.

Zhao is currently in post-production on Eternals for Marvel Studios currently due for a Nov. 5, 2021 release date.


Get your copy of Universal Classic Monsters – The Essential Collection on Amazon now.

Dracula was one of many films featured in our editorial retrospective piece ‘Horror and the LGBT community check it out now.

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