After the success of Orphan and Unknown, Jaume Collet-Serra has been much in demand, but he’s been having a few troubles sorting out a follow-up, having signed onto and then left a few movies. Most recently Warner has put his take on Akira on hold due to budget issues.
In the meantime he’s putting together a new take on Dracula called Harker, which Warner is also backing, with Vulture saying the studio wants him to make that movie before going back to a cheaper version of Akira. He’s already thinking about the cast, as Russell Crowe is apparently in talks to star in the movie.
Harker is a revisionist take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula story, centring on Jonathan Harker, a Scotland Yard detective who becomes consumed with finding Dracula after a spate of grisly murders.
If Russell Crowe does sign on, shooting won’t start until after the actor has wrapped on the musical Les Miserables. There’s no guarantee he will sign up either, as the actor is also being looked at for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, although that project doesn’t have funding fully secured yet.