Dan Stevens Joins Forces with Melissa Barrera in Upcoming Universal Monster Movie

In an exciting collaboration, Dan Stevens has been confirmed to star alongside Melissa Barrera in an upcoming Universal Classic Monsters film helmed by the talented directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, known for their work on Scream 6. Joining the cast is also Alisha Weir, recognized for her breakout role in Matilda.

The project boasts a strong production team, with fellow Radio Silence producer Chad Villella and acclaimed screenwriter Stephen Shields, known for his work on “The Hole in the Ground,” contributing their talents. Guy Bisick, who previously collaborated with Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett on projects like “Ready or Not,” “Scream,” and “Scream 6,” has provided revisions to the script. The film is being produced by William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and James Vanderbilt at Project X Entertainment.

While details about the film remain tightly under wraps, there were initial indications that it may have been titled “Dracula’s Daughter” and centered around a group of serial kidnappers inadvertently abducting the offspring of the infamous vampire. As we eagerly anticipate more information, this premise aligns with Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett’s recent penchant for female-led, darkly comedic horror experiences and offers insight into the casting choice of the talented young actress Alisha Weir.

Universal has been exploring the revival of its Classic Monsters franchise, experiencing mixed success in recent years. “The Mummy,” featuring Tom Cruise, garnered mixed reviews upon its release in 2017 but managed to achieve a respectable box office performance of $410 million worldwide. Conversely, Leigh Whannell’s “The Invisible Man,” a fresh retelling with Elisabeth Moss as the focal point, captivated both audiences and critics, earning an impressive 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. With a modest budget of $7 million, it grossed approximately $144.5 million. The recent release of “Renfield,” starring Nicolas Cage as Dracula, on April 14 has already amassed $24.3 million.

Additionally, there have been whispers of a new Wolfman movie in development, with Ryan Gosling set to take on the iconic role, although updates on that project have been scarce.

While anticipation builds for the forthcoming Universal Monsters film, be sure to explore our list of the most thrilling upcoming movies scheduled for release in 2023 and beyond.

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