'Dracula,' 'Caligula' get eye-popping treatment

Italy is hopping on the 3D bandwagon with a pair of titles from two of its most well-known directors: horror maestro Dario Argento and soft-porn helmer Tinto Brass.

Argento is penning the script for a 3D adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” to be shot in English in Hungary. Brass will start shooting the 3D “Who Killed Caligula?” in October.

Both pics are being shepherded by Roberto Di Girolamo and Gianni Paolucci’s Multimedia Film Prods.

“Of course there have been dozens of Draculas done before, but Dario is really excited about doing one in 3D and putting the Argento stamp on it,” says Di Girolamo, who is preselling both pics in Cannes.

Brass, 77, has helmed dozens of adult titles, including the Bob Guccione-produced cult classic “Caligula,” starring Malcolm McDowell as the sexually perverted Roman emperor.

“Who Killed Caligula?” will be a softer, comic take on the tale of Roman decadence. Conspiracies force Caligula to take refuge “in a luxurious brothel,” where he loses his life, says the sales synopsis. Di Girolamo is setting up “Caligula” as an English-language co-production with France and Spain.

Brass pics do well on homevid and niche channels. Di Girolamo has “hopes that with this erotic comedy Brass will break into the global theatrical arena.”

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