Russell Crowe Taking On Count Dracula

Picture one of the most intense dudes in Hollywood biting into a milky white neck in what's sure to be a gloriously gory spectacle, and you've got a movie that will have the Twi-hards peeing their pantaloons. That's "Harker" for you, a new take on the old vamp story that's set to star Russell Crowe as Count Dracula.

The film, which is being developed by Warner Bros. with high hopes for a franchise, follows the misadventures of one Jonathan Harker, who is a Scotland Yard detective hot on the misty trail of Dracula himself. Deadline is referring to it as a "reimagining of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula,'" the ubergoth movie by Francis Ford Coppola that launched a million Gary Oldman/Winona Ryder slash fic fantasies.

We know that in Bram Stoker's classic, Harker is a lawyer who goes to futz with Dracula's paperwork and gets bitten all over by sexy vampire ladies, but we're way more interested in Crowe's bloodlust than any liberties being taken with the original story.  The title role hasn't yet been cast: who could possibly go toe-to-toe with Crowe? It's anyone's guess at this point. We're betting it won't be Keanu Reeves this time around, though.

It's been a hot minute since Eli Roth ("Hostel") has been behind the camera, but the word on the street (by which we mean the Internet) is that the horror fiend is in talks to direct. Roth has been busy producing and writing, though. He cowrote and produced RZA's "The Man with the Iron Fists," which also stars Crowe. You can check out the crazy trailer here.