Deon Taylor to Direct ‘Blacula’ Remake Set in Post-Pandemic World

Deon Taylor and Blacula (Credit: IMDb)

Deon Taylor continues to stay busy in the horror film genre. The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 director is now set to helm a remake of Blacula.

The modern take on the 1972 blaxploitation horror classic will be set in a metropolitan city post-coronavirus pandemic, with the story picking up where the original film series left off.

The new movie will partner Taylor as director and Roxanne Avent Taylor (Fatale, The Intruder) as producer on behalf of the pair’s Hidden Empire Film Group, Variety reported Thursday.

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In the 1972 film, William Marshall played the role of 18th-century African prince Mamuwalde who was turned into a vampire by Count Dracula after he refused to help Mamuwalde end the slave trade.

The original film was directed by William Crain, and co-starred Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, and Thalmus Rasulala. The box office hit spawned the sequel Scream Blacula Scream in 1973.

The remake comes from Hidden Empire Film Group, MGM and Bron, with Aaron L. Gilbert (Bombshell) producing on behalf of Bron, and DJ Holloway managing the project. Taylor and Micah Ranum from The Silencing wrote the script for the film.

A release date and cast details will be announced later.