'Lethal Weapon 5', 'Tron 2', 'Get Smart 2', 'Dracula 2' and Depp's $56 Million

(clockwise from top left) Wolfman banner, Netflix, Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, Kick-Ass set pics, Bill Murray in Ghostbusters, Unbreakable, Fake Michael Bay cease and desist letter I am surprised at how intrigued fanboy sites are at the idea of a Lethal Weapon 5, especially with word that Columbus Short (who?) is up for the role as Murtaugh's son as it will most likely skew younger. Can they get Mel and Danny to sign on for this? Paul Andrew Williams (The Cottage) is rumored to be up for the job of directing the far from needed 28 Months Later. This has already been proven false. Some awful pictures of Wolfman banners are online. Netflix failed to meet its subscriber growth projections for the third quarter. It also scaled back its estimates for the end of the year. However, I still recommend everyone buy the Netflix Roku player.
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Not Even 'Dracula' Is Safe From a Sequel

Call me crazy, but Bram Stoker's Dracula (the book, not the movie) ends pretty definitively. Dracula gets a bowie knife in the heart, and crumbles into dust in the red sun of the Transylvanian dawn. The wiggle room has been taken care of in a score of movies, books, and television shows -- and we have plenty of new vampire stories, so must we really dig up Dracula again? Well, according to ShockTillYouDrop, yes.

They say a sequel is coming -- and this time it's getting a literary and big screen outing. For the first time, the Stoker estate has authorized an official Dracula sequel titled Dracula: The Undead. Written by Dacre Stoker, Bram's great-grandnephew, and Dracula historian Ian Holt, the story uses characters and plot threads that were edited out of Stoker's original novel in 1897. It hits store shelves in October 2009, just in time for Halloween. And
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Dutton Bites for new Dracula Novel

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A few days back we told you about Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt’s new novel, Dracula: The Un-dead. It had been purchased by Harper UK but now we learn from Publisher’s Weekly that Dutton publisher Brian Tart won the domestic rights.

The last time the Stoker family gave its seal of approval to a Dracula project was the 1931 Universal film starring Bela Lugosi.

The deal was concluded by Danny Baror of Baror International and Ken Atchity of Atchity Entertainment International who have sold international publishing rights to the book which will be released in October 2009.

Atchity will also act as producer, with Blue Tulip’s Jan de Bont (Speed), on the film adaptation which they hope to have before the cameras by June. A screenplay adaptation has already been completed by Holt and Alexander Galant.

Dutton’s parent company, Penguin USA, has also announced that a previously unpublished version of the 1987 novel,
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Dracula II: Electric Boogaloo

With Twilight about a month away, vampire fans have a new movie to devour. But soon, they'll get to go back to the beginning. For the first time since the original Dracula film in 1931, the descendants of Bram Stoker have given their full approval for a sequel that will be published in October 2009, with a film version of the story beginning production next summer.

Shock Till You Drop reports that the great-grandnephew of Stoker, Dacre Stoker, has sold the rights to a new story to Penguin-Canada. The story is a co-creation of writer Alexander Galant and Dracula documentarian and historian Ian Holt, who probably has the most popular house on the block every Halloween.

The writers gained access to Stoker's original hand-written notes from Dracula, which should provide a good foundation for the continuation of the story, which the younger Stoker claims, "includes characters and plot threads that had been
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Sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula Official - The Un-Dead

Spoilers of the genre aside (ahem, Twilight) I love just about anything having to do with vampires. Alan Ball's "True Blood" on HBO, for instance, is shaping up to be a wonderful modern take on the fanged nightcrawlers. And I can even enjoy the likes of 30 Days of Night. So you can imagine my delight that news from Styd that a sequel and film adaptation to the iconic "Dracula" story by Bram Stoker is in the works, titled The Un-Dead. I know we all think sequels can usually be the death of a story, but this doesn't sound bad at all. Apparently Stoker's great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker and "award-winning Dracula documentarian and historian," Ian Holt, have sold the North American rights to the follow-up novel. The book is scheduled for an October 2009 release, while the film is expected to start production in June. Dacre (since it's confusing just to call
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Official Dracula Sequel Booked and Filmed for 2009!

Sure, we've seen many Dracula films and books over the years, but not many of them got the Stoker seal of approval ... until now.

According to Styd and Aei, Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram, has teamed with historian Ian Holt to bring to fruition the first family-backed use of Bram's classic vampire tale since Bela Lugosi donned the cape and fangs in the 1931 film and the stage production years later. This new venture will be appearing in both book and movie form starting next year!

Titled The Un-Dead, the story picks in up 1912, 25 years after Dracula's death. Someone or something is tracking down those who put an end to the bloodsucker's life. According to Dacre, this new work was crafted thanks to Bram's handwritten notes and "includes characters and plot threads that had been excised by the publisher from the original printing over a century ago.

Production of
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Stoker Descendant Writes 'Dracula' Sequel

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Dracula lives again, this time authorized by Bram Stoker’s family. His great-grandnephew, 50-year old Dacre Stoker has teamed with author Ian Holt to write Dracula: The Undead which has been sold to Harper UK for August 2009 publication.

The story, set 25 years after the original book, sees the vampire arrive in London, seeking Mina in 1912. Told from the point of view of Quincey Harker, son of Mina and Jonathan Harker, it goes into more detail about the original characters from Bram Stoker’s 1897 book.

Stoker grew up in Canada and now lives in South Carolina and always knew of his literary ancestor, who died in 1912 and the legacy he left behind. He never thought about continuing the Dracula tale until he received an e-mail from Holt."I got in touch with Dacre and he thought I was this nut job. But after listening to me and discussing my vision
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