Dracula to return, officially that is

Dracula is such an omnipresent figure of today’s culture it’s sometimes easy to forget that he isn’t a product of mythical lore but rather a relatively recent (1897) literary creation by author Bram Stoker (above), just like Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and no, not The Three Musketeers because those actually really existed.

Now Bram’s great gand-nephew Dacre Stoker has gathered discarded notes from his renowned ancestor’s archives and has set about writing an official sequel to the original book, set 25 years later and titled Dracula: The Un-Dead, with the help of genre specialist Ian Holt.

The book will only be released by this time next year but the movie rights have already been sold, and the adaptation will start shooting in June 2009! Dutch filmmaker Jan De Bont (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life) will produce and probably direct. Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if we’re getting the sequel to a story, shouldn’t we get a new adaptation of the original first?

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Movie Of The Day: King Solomon’s Mines (1985)

Just like Die Hard with Under Siege, Speed and countless other action movies, Indiana Jones inspired its own slew of adventure flicks from Michael Douglas’ Jack Colton movies to today’s Mummy and National Treasure franchises.

1985 saw the release of King Solomon’s Mines, an adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s classic novel, directed by J. Lee Thompson (The Guns Of Navarone) and released by the now defunct Cannon Group. It stars Richard Chamberlain (Richard Lester’s Musketeers trilogy) as Allan Quatermain, horrible acting from Sharon Stone as the love interest, as well as Herbert Lom (the original Pink Panther films) and Indy’s own Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) as the villains. Review after the jump.

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