Latest version of Dracula to be filmed in Belfast
A FILM version of Dracula is to be made in Belfast.
The Universal Pictures horror shoot will last from August to November. Production will be based in Belfast but will be filmed across other locations, Stormont's First Minister and deputy First Minister's office said.
It will cover the story of the man who became Dracula, a vampire from Transylvania.
The movie stars Luke Evans from Fast and Furious 6 and Sarah Gadon from A Dangerous Method.
Joe Caracciolo, executive producer of Dracula, said: "Filming Dracula in Northern Ireland allows us to capture the extraordinary beauty and topography that resemble the European backdrop in which this story takes place.
"We are very much looking forward to bringing Dracula to Northern Ireland.
"It makes good financial sense, given Northern Ireland Screen's film incentive programme, the favourable exchange rate, and an impressive local infrastructure that is well-suited for this type of project."The film will introduce Bram Stoker's iconic villain by telling the "origin story" of the man who became Dracula, Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) said.
The 1897 horror novel by the Irishman told the story of Count Dracula's attempt to relocate from Transylvania to England and the battle between Dracula and a group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
The film is directed by Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca. It will commence pre-production in Belfast immediately, OFMDFM said.
Northern Ireland Screen, funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, has awarded the film £1.7 million production costs. It is estimated to deliver £15 million expenditure on local goods and services.
Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson said: "This is fantastic news for the local film industry which further cements Northern Ireland's reputation as a world-class production location.
"This is the second time that Universal Pictures has confirmed the filming of a major production in Northern Ireland and today's announcement will deliver an important economic boost through job creation and investment."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Northern Ireland was a competitive location for film and television production projects.
"With the next series of HBO's Bafta award winning Game of Thrones series about to start in July, Universal's decision to film Dracula here is another strong vote of confidence in our local filming industry and our ability to attract global players," he said.