Universal is Bringing Dracula’s Henchman ‘Renfield’ to the Screen

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Universal Studios is bringing horror fans a new perspective with Renfield, based on Dracula’s iconic henchman.

Dexter Fletcher, who most recently brought the Elton John biopic Rocketman to the big screen, is set to direct the film based on a pitch by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead). Ryan Ridley (Rick and Morty) has written the script.

Details on the plot are thin at best, but Variety has reported that it will be set in the present day.

R.M. Renfield appeared in Bram Stoker’s original novel as a man in an asylum who was thought to be a lunatic. He obsessively ate insects, starting with flies, in attempt to gain their life force. He then progressed to feeding the flies to spiders and eventually the spiders to birds in hopes of increasing his power.

It is later revealed that he was working for Dracula all along, though he eventually suffers an attack of conscience when confronted by Mina Harker and begs her to flee his master’s influence.

Renfield has been a popular character in various iterations of Dracula over the years. Dwight Frye played the role in Universal’s 1931 classic version and gravel-voiced Tom Waits gave an incredible performance in 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

There is no release date for Renfield at the moment, but iHorror will keep you posted on details as they become available.

Are you excited for the Renfield movie? Let us know in the comments!

Waylon Jordan is a lifelong fan of genre fiction and film especially those with a supernatural element. He firmly believes that horror reflects collective fears of society and can be used as a tool for social change.