The director behind the hit remake of clown horror story IT, Andy Muschietti, looks to have impressed the powers that be at Paramount Pictures, as the studio are keen to compel him on board their newly acquired Bram Stoker prequel, Dracul.

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Paramount has just scooped the screen rights to Dracul, the very first prequel that has been authorised directly from the Bram Stoker estate, with the hopes that Muschietti will take the helm alongside his IT producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.

Co-Written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, the tale is set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there.

Count Dracula is the title character of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered to be both the prototypical and the archetypal vampire in subsequent works of fiction. He is also depicted in the novel to be the origin of werewolf legends. Some aspects of the character are believed to have been inspired by the 15th-century Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known as Dracula.

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Over the years, Hollywood has seen a number of films based on the age old tale of the world’s most famous vampire. In 1958, Christopher Lee starred as the man himself in Dracula which was released from Hammer Films. In 1992, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was released starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins. The film showed how the historical Vlad Țepeș met the love of his life. Dracula: The Dark Prince was released in 2013 starring Luke Roberts and Jon Voight. In 2014, Universal Pictures released Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper. The famous vampire has been seen in animation, comics, on stage, in opera, music and radio plays.

We sat spoke to Andy Muschietti only recently on directing the remake of IT.