Deadline reports that Tea Shop Productions (47 meters down) has acquired the rights to the short story from Joe Hill Abraham’s boys, and has filmmaker Natasha Kermani (Lucky) to write and direct an edit.
Based on characters from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Abraham’s Boys” follows Max and Rudy Van Helsing, who know nothing about their father Abraham’s past and cannot understand his overprotective attitude and strange behavior. To make matters worse, Abraham is becoming increasingly unhinged, paranoid and violent.”
“I’ve always loved Bram Stoker’s Dracula and was immediately drawn to Joe Hill’s unique and personal take on the Van Helsing legend,” said Kermani, whose second film Lucky was recently released via Shudder [read our review here]. “Abraham’s boys is an exciting opportunity to look at a familiar story through a new lens and explore classic characters and themes in a contemporary way.”
“I’ve always loved Joe’s short story, it has such a great tone and feel, so when we met Natasha we were blown away by how she wanted to approach it,” added James Harris of Tea Shop Productions. “Natasha is an exciting new filmmaker that we love to work with.”
Abraham’s Boys joins a rapidly growing list of Dracula-related features in development, including André Øvredal’s The Demeter’s Last Journey, Chris McKay’s Renfield, a contemporary Blumhouse adaptation by Karyn Kusama, a “futuristic, sci-fi western” take on Chloe Zhao and Jessica M. Thompson’s The bride.