The blaxploitation classic Blacula is making a return to theaters. MGM is leading a new reboot of the horror classic alongside Bron and Hidden Empire. Variety is reporting that the new film “is a modern reimagining of the 1972 movie… The reboot picks up where the original saga left off, after the 1973 sequel Scream Blacula Scream, and will be set in a metropolitan city post-coronavirus pandemic”.
Deon Taylor (The Intruder) is directing and co-writing the script with Micah Ranum. Variety detailed the synopsis:
Blacula is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade. Blacula is entombed and awakens 200 years later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit.
Deon Taylor had this to say about the project.
Blacula is arguably one of the most prestigious Black franchises and so important to the culture as it birthed a groundswell of Blaxploitation-horror films, which changed the game for how our people were seen on the big screen,
There’s no word on casting for the titular character, but we’ll keep you updated on it as the news develops.
The original film was a trendsetter and trail-blazing film for African-American cinema. It’s a landmark film for horror history. Here’s to hoping the sequel can be even better.
So, what do you think of a new Blacula?
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