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Universal Monster Movie ‘Renfield’ An “Extremely Violent Comedy”

While Universal Pictures is setting the table for the return of several of their classic monsters, one of the more unique projects is Renfield, a solo movie for Dracula’s henchman that’s based on an original pitch from “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman.

“In the original ‘Dracula’ novel, R.M. Renfield was an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions, but is actually a servant of Dracula,” noted Deadline when they broke the news last year.

Kirkman recently appeared on Kevin Smith’s Fat Man Beyond podcast, where he shared the tone of the film, which is not only violent but also funny.

“We’re doing this cool movie for Universal that’s a focus on Renfield,” Kirkman said. “It’s a story about him being Dracula’s henchman and how shitty a job that is. It’s a fun, extremely violent comedy because I’ve got a crutch, and it’s violence.”

While we still don’t have any details at this time, the site previously noted that the movie is believed to take place during the present day and is not a period piece.

Chris McKay (The Tomorrow War, The LEGO Batman Movie) is set to direct and Ryan Ridley (“Rick and Morty”) wrote the script.

The character of Renfield was memorably played by Dwight Frye in the 1931 Dracula.

[h/t] Thanks to io9 for transcribing.