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You know what we haven't seen in a while? A vampire movie! Oh wait no, we get like two a year. Well it looks like Russell Crowe wants a piece of that action as he is purportedly in talks with Warner Brothers to star in 'Harker,' which would reimagine Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' from the perspective of the character Jonathan Harker. Instead of a lawyer, as he was in the novel, this time around Harker would be a detective from Scotland Yard investigating Drac's bloody activities. 'Harker' will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, through his company Appian Way, and was at one time helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra before he left to pursue the now frozen 'Akira.' The idea now is to have Collet-Serra return to 'Harker' with Crowe in the title role. No official deals have been made on either side of that equation.
I don't care how many vampire movies we get, if someone actually takes the time to craft an interesting story or clever twist on the genre, I will happily see it. 'Harker's conceit doesn't sound like the most creative alteration of the progenitor vampire story, but one that at least changes it up to the point that we won't just get the Van Helsing vs. Dracula construct that usually dominates period vampire tales. I like the idea of someone exploring the real-world forensic aspects of Dracula's deeds; sort of a vamp version of 'Sleepy Hollow' I suppose. It does strike me as odd that Warner Brother just canceled Alex Proyas' 'Paradise Lost' as well as Collet-Serra's own 'Akira' for budget reasons only to turn around and green-light something like 'Harker.' It could just be that they are trying to get something else for Collet-Serra to do that can double as a test to see if he can actually bring a movie in under budget, but that's just an assumption. The recent purge at Warner Brothers does have me concerned as to how meager they plan on making 'Harker's budget. Not that a movie need carry an enormous price tag to be successful mind you, but I'd rather they didn't skimp on something like this at the expense of production value especially given that this is a genre on its last legs.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in seeing 'Harker?' Is Russell Crowe right for the part?