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Sony Pictures Entertainment paid seven figures for 'The Historian,' Elizabeth Kostova's upcoming and already acclaimed first novel reports Variety.
The novel, to be published on June 14, mixes history and mythology to re-create the world of Dracula and vampires. A decade in the works, the adventure tale centers around a young woman who searches Europe for her missing father, who took on the challenge of locating the grave of Vlad the Impaler (the bloodthirsty feudal lord who inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'). Along the way, she comes across a slew of bloodsuckers who try to stop her.
The auction drew surprising heat last week, some of it sparked by stellar reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, the rest by unfounded rumors that some major directors wanted the book. The initial manuscript sent around totalled a whopping 857 pages.
His break came in 1956 when, at the age of 52, he was asked to helm Hammer Studio's remake of Frankenstein. The Curse of Frankenstein broke box office receipts and enraged critics world wide who were unaccustomed to its brand of hearty blood letting. The Eastmancolor shocker set a new standard for horror films and helped to make Fisher, Hammer, and stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee into bankable commodities. Wits its emphasis on realistic character interplay over melodramatic conventions, the film established Fisher's personal approach to horror, which stood in direct defiance to the old Universal films--in fact, Fisher flatly refused to watch James Whale's 1931 version for fear that it might influence his vision. More remakes soon followed. Fisher actively sought to remake Dracula, and the results proved to be both aesthetically and commercially superior to Curse of Frankenstein. Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) proved to be universally popular and is commonly held as Fisher's--and Hammer's--finest work.
Veteran British actor Christopher Lee is still haunted by his numerous screen appearances as Count Dracula.
The 82-year-old last appeared as the mythical vampire in 1974's Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride, but Star Wars creator George Lucas was unable to resist making fun of Lee's past on the set of Episode III - Revenge of The Sith.