Dario Argento is deep in pre-production on Dracula 3D, the Italian horror maestro's re-telling of the Bram Stoker legend.
New broke in Italy today that the project will team Argento with Rutger Hauer. The actor has been cast as Van Helsing!
Roberto Girolamo and Gianni Paolucci are producing the project which is expected to begin shooting later this month. We've got a man close to the production poised to deliver us on-set coverage as it comes in so stay tuned!
Screen Daily is sort of vague today, reporting Thomas Kretschmann (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, King Kong) will play "the lead" in Dario Argento's 3D re-telling of Dracula.
Sooo, are we to presume the German actor is indeed taking on the eponymous role, then?
Kretschmann is no stranger to Argento territory having starred in the director's 1996 film The Stendhal Syndrome. He'll reunite with that film's star Asia Argento for Dracula, which also stars Marta Gastini (The Rite) and Rutger Hauer.
Dario Argento is in Italy now at work on Dracula 3D and, in a new video that surfaced on the web, he talks about the project. Watch it below. Thomas Kretschmann plays the infamous bloodsucker. Asia Argento, Marta Gastini and Ruger Hauer, as Van Helsing, also star. Here you'll see the Italian horror maestro out on location and hear his intentions for this re-imagining of the Stoker tale.
[Editor's note]: Alan Jones is "the man" when it comes to Dario Argento and the director's oeuvre, that's why I'm thrilled to have him on Shock's side covering Dracula 3D. Alan has touched down in Italy and he tells me he'll be filing on-going mini-reports from the production. Here is the first. Expect them to get more detailed as they go.
It's my first day on location with Dario Argento and Dracula 3D.
Biella, an hour drive from his usual base of Turin,is a fairly standard Italian town that's trying to establish itself as a movie production hub. Dracula 3D is the second major movie to be shot here and tonight the action moves into some woods with Thomas Kretschmann (Dracula), Rutger Hauer (Van Helsing) and Marta Gastini (Mina) all involved in the atmospheric horror.
You may remember Gastini from this year's The Rite. Cast and crew are waiting to be driven to the forest, I'm on call to speak to Dario about his third period film after The Five Days of Milan and The Phantom of the Opera - he's already told me, "Once you've shot in 3D you will never go back."
I'll also be talking to director of photography Luciano Tovoli about his third film with Dario after the classics Suspiria and Tenebrae.
The official site has launched for Dario Argento's Dracula 3D, starring Thomas Kretschmann, Asia Argento and Rutger Hauer. Head to this spot for nearly 12 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and a photo gallery which include the images below and give you a first look at Kretschmann as Dracula and Hauer as Van Helsing.
For more on the production, read our exclusive on-set journals from Shock's Alan Jones RIGHT HERE.
The legendary Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera) returns next month with IFC Midnight's Argento's Dracula 3D. Today, iTunes Movie Trailers has debuted the trailer and you can check it out in the player below!
Starring Thomas Kretschmann, Asia Argento, Marta Castini, Rutger Hauer, Unax Ugaide, Miriam Giovanelli, Maria Christina Heller, Giovanni Franzoni, Augusto Zucchi, Francesco Rossini, Giuseppe Lo Console, Christian Burruano, Franco Ravera and Riccardo Cicogna, Argento's Dracula 3D offers a bloody, luridly creepy 3D version of the classic vampire tale, drenched in gore and sex. An unsuspecting Englishman arrives in Transylvania, lured by a job with a local nobleman. But the undead Count Dracula's real target is the man's innocent young wife. Featuring the iconic Rutger Hauer as vampire hunter Van Helsing and the inimitable Asia Argento (Dario's own daughter) as a local all-too-eager to fall under the Count's sway.
Featuring a script by Dario Argento, Antonio Tentori, Stefano Piani and Enrique Cerezo, Argento's Dracula 3D hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles October 4.