Miramax exits Mina Harker film three weeks out from production

Director Karyn Kusama
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The Blumhouse and Miramax co-production Mina Harker has been effectively shut down – it was due to shoot in a matter of weeks.

Miramax have scrapped the production of the soon-to-shoot Mina Harker just three weeks from production, following ‘creative differences’ with director, Karyn Kusama. The film was set to continue the successful revival of classic movie monsters that we’re currently seeing, with a contemporary exploration of the relationship between Dracula and Mina Harker, this time set in modern Los Angeles.

However, three weeks before cameras were set to roll, Miramax have pulled out of the project, citing ‘creative differences’ with Kusama, who also directed the excellent Destroyer featuring Nicole Kidman. Blindspotting star Jasmine Cephas Jones was set to lead the production as Mina Harker, but as of today it looks like this is one retelling of the Dracula story that we won’t be seeing.

Mina Harker would have joined a string of other takes on Dracula currently in the works, including Renfield which is set to feature Nicolas Cage as Count Dracula, and Last Voyage of the Demeter, both of which are set for next year.

It’s a shame that Mina Harker won’t be joining them though, especially as it came from Kusama and her writing collaborators, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the creative team behind the aforementioned Destroyer. That film was an excellent character deconstruction whilst also capturing the mood of a classic LA movie. Perhaps Mina Harker would have done the same for the literary heroine, but as of right now it seems we won’t have the chance to find out.


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