John Carpenter to direct ‘Fangland’

The legendary horror maestro gets his teeth into a modern-day Dracula

Horror film icon John Carpenter has signed on to direct Fangland, an updated version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

The movie, based on a 2007 novel by ex-60 Minutes producer John Marks, follows New York TV producer Evangeline Harker to Transylvania, where she interviews an Eastern European arms dealer, who turns out to be a present-day incarnation of Dracula, reports to Empire.

With Oscar winner Hilary Swank taking the title role and Friday The 13th screenwriter Mark Wheaton at the help of the screenplay, this looks set to be a return to form for Carpenter, whose past works include the classic Halloween films, as well as cult favourite Escape From New York.

Carpenter is currently in post production for his latest film, The Ward, a ghost story starring Amber Heard as a haunted woman in a mental institution, his first directing project since 2001’s Ghosts Of Mars.