In an interview promoting “Eternals” with Hoai-Tran Bui from / Film, Zhao revealed that she was keen to stick with the supernatural.
“Let’s just say I won’t be leaving the sandbox of immortality anytime soon,” the director said, though she didn’t know anything more. That leaves us guessing what kind of movie she could possibly make. When news broke that Zhao was on board Universal directing an adaptation of âDracula,â she revealed that she was fascinated by characters who lived âon the fringes of societyâ:
“I have always been fascinated by vampires and the concept of the Other that they embody. I am very happy to be working with Donna, Peter and the team at Universal to reinvent such a beloved character.”
When I hear “vampire” and “western” in the same sentence, the first thing that comes to mind is Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”, about a female vampire skateboarding in “Bad City”. a fictional ghost town in Iran. There are sillier cowboy vampires, like Karl Urban’s 2011 movie “Priest” or the strip club monstrosities in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn”, but Amirpour’s vision is more in tune with the themes of “Dracula” and Zhao. .