Dracula Sequel is on its way to the Big Screen

by Joey Paur

I guess Vampires are making a big push in the film industry these days. You've got that 'Twilight' craziness going on and then you've got that crappy HBO series 'True Blood' which I stopped watching after the first episode. The new Dracula sequel will be called 'The Un-Dead'. I have to say though this sequel may end up being not so bad. It will be based on a book coming out October 2009 written by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker. Apparently the book was completed using Bram Stokers original notes. Here is what shocktillyoudrop reports:

Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew and blood descendant, Dacre Stoker, and award-winning Dracula documentarian and historian Ian Holt have sold North American-English publishing rights of the Stoker-family-authorized sequel to Bram's classic novel "Dracula" to an alliance of Dutton U.S. (Brian Tart), Harper U.K. (Jane Johnson) and Penguin-Canada (Laura Shin).

Laura Shin, senior editor of Penguin-Canada, who signed up for two additional sequels, said, "I was thrilled by this page-turning story and loved spending time with those great characters-Stoker and Holt did a fantastic job melding the old with the new, and I found the work to be a virtually seamless continuation of the original. The story has all the hallmarks of a historical novel, but with a modern sensibility that gives it wide-spread appeal."

Using Stoker family connections, the writers were able to access Bram Stoker's hand-written notes for his novel - which, before an editor changed the title, was to have been called "The Un-Dead."

"Our story," Stoker said, "includes characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago."

"The Un-Dead" is the first Dracula story to enjoy the full support of the Stoker clan since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi's appearance in Hamilton Deane's and John Balderston's stage production of the story on Broadway in New York, fifteen years after Bram Stoker's death in 1927, sparked the original novel's bestselling popularity. It has never been out of print since.

Dracula is a timeless classic. To follow up with a book that continues the story right now is pretty crazy. Its been such a long time. I know there are several other books and movies about Dracula but it looks like this is the one that really counts. I only hope it lives up to what Bram Stoker did. Do you think it will?


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