Back Lot’s ‘Dracula’ to haunt Focus

Klewans brings out-of-pocket purchase to shingle

Glenn Williamson’s Back Lot Pictures has set up “Senor Dracula” at Focus Features, with Cheech Marin to helm, and has optioned J. Robert Lennon’s novel “The Funnies.”

Marin’s concept for “Senor Dracula” centers on the Spanish-language version of the 1931 horror classic “Dracula,” which was filmed at Universal Studios concurrent with the original English-lingo version — at night, on the same sets. “Senor Dracula” will focus on a romance between an American actor and a Hispanic actress. Focus is seeking a writer for the project.

“The Funnies,” published in 1999 by Penguin Putnam imprint Riverhead Books, is a drama about a celebrated cartoon strip that faces dissolution after its creator’s death, unless his son can continue the strip to the syndicate’s satisfaction.

The out-of-pocket purchase was brought to the shingle by director of development Margo Klewans. Williamson is seeking a writer or writer-director for the project.

Focus-based Williamson was an executive producer on “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and is exec-producing Focus’ “The Ice Harvest.” He’s also prepping “Truth, Justice and the American Way” with hopes of a fall start.

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