Maybe they’re sticking their necks out, but an ungodly number of filmmakers are dipping into the Dracula legend for inspiration. Besides the oft- mentioned Francis Coppola movie, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves, a dozen others are in various stages of development or production. The more notable new bites on the vintage legend include:
Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers: Alice Krige (TNT’s Max and Helen) and Brian Krause (Return to the Blue Lagoon) star as vampirelike predators from outer space who come to earth in search of new victims. The film, based on an original script by Stephen King, is set for a spring release.
Innocent Blood: Anthony LaPaglia (29th Street) stars opposite Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita), who plays a modern vampiress preying only on bad guys. John Landis will direct in January.
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: Buffy is a cheerleader by day, the title character by night. Fran Rubel Kuzui (Tokyo Pop) will direct the spoof in early 1992.
Other fanged films currently in development are Love at Second Bite, a sequel to the hit 1979 lampoon that reunites stars George Hamilton and Susan Saint James, writer Robert Kaufman, and director Stan Dragoti; The Lost Boys II, a sequel to the goofy 1987 teen vampire flick that starred Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, again involving director Joel Schumacher and executive producer Richard Donner; and Interview With the Vampire, the first of novelist Anne Rice’s trilogy (John Travolta was to star in an earlier incarnation).