Kathryn Newton Joins Universal’s Secretive Monster Film from Scream VI Creators

As Alisha Weir steps into Universal Pictures’ clandestine monster film, the studio has announced a quintet of new additions to the project, helmed by the creative collective known as Radio Silence. Furthermore, Universal has declared a cinematic release date of April 19, 2024, for this enigmatic venture.

Kathryn Newton, fresh from her groundbreaking appearance in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, has now embarked on this intriguing venture, under the auspices of the creative minds behind Scream VI. Other notable talents such as Dan Stevens (The Guest), Angus Cloud (Euphoria), Kevin Durand (Real Steel), and Will Catlett (A Thousand and One), have also joined the project in roles yet to be revealed.

Who’s Contributing to this Mysterious Monster Film? This unnamed film will be orchestrated by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, with the script penned by Stephen Shields and reworked by Guy Busick. The production team includes William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and James Vanderbilt for Project X Entertainment, alongside Chad Villella from Radio Silence.

The script’s finer details, including characterizations and storyline, remain confidential. Early indications hinted at a tentative title of “Dracula’s Daughter”, centering around a group of young people kidnapped, with one revealed to be the titular character.

Universal Pictures plans to rejuvenate this project in the vein of their recent successful modernizations of timeless monster tales, such as Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man and Chris McKay’s darkly humorous supernatural film Renfield. The studio aims to provide “a fresh take on legendary monster lore and reinvigorate the celebration of these iconic characters.”

This mysterious film joins the ranks of Universal’s burgeoning monster movie slate, which features Elizabeth Banks’ Invisible Woman, Matt Stawki’s Monster Mash, the Ryan Gosling-fronted Wolfman film, David Keopp’s long-awaited The Bride of Frankenstein reboot, Josh Cooley’s Little Monsters film, Blumhouse’s adaptation of The Thing, the James Wan-produced Van Helsing film, an undisclosed monster thriller from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Chloe Zhao’s genre-blending Dracula film.

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