Producer pair take stake in ‘Dracula’

Daybreak, Prime option Image comicbook

Chuck Gordon’s Daybreak Prods. and Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Prods. have optioned the feature film and TV rights to “Sword of Dracula,” based on the comicbook series created by Jason Henderson.

Gordon and Askarieh will produce the pic through their respective companies. Daniel Alter, who brought the project to the duo, also will serve in a producing capacity.

The series, published by Image Comics, is a contemporary revamp of the Dracula story in which competing military forces find themselves racing to excavate the great vampire himself.

“Jason has taken one of the most recognizable figures ever created and brought him into modern-day,” said Gordon. “He’s turned the legend, and its surrounding mythology, upside down.”

Property’s videogame rights have already been purchased by developer Critical Mass Interactive.

Gordon (“Die Hard,” “Field of Dreams”) and Askarieh are in pre-production on Universal’s “Spy-Hunter,” a summer 2005 tentpole based on the hit videogame starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.

Duo also set up comicbook property “Herobear & the Kid” at Universal and have a TV series based on “Danger Girl” in development at UPN.

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