Dracula Novelist R.H. Greene to Direct Jimi Hendrix Film
Reported by Jay Cochran - 12:11 PM 2009.12.07
Filmmaker and novelist R. H. Greene who's work includes such novels as INCARNADINE: THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF COUNT DRACULA, which is a first-person "memoir" by Bram Stoker's Dracula is now rumored to be working on a big screen project that involved rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says that producers Don Murphy (TRANSFORMERS) and Carol Lewis (THE CAT'S MEOW) will team to produce Greene's original screenplay SLIDE, about the long-rumored 1969 kidnapping of Jimi Hendrix. Greene himself is slated to direct.
TRANSFORMERS? Dracula? Jimi Hendrix? Sounds like Greene hit the zeitgeist trifecta. He doesn't think so though.
"This is the classic case of 'it never rains but it pours,'" Greene says. "Both these projects were years in the making, and where SLIDE is based on something Jimi Hendrix himself told close friends was a true incident, INCARNADINE: THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF COUNT DRACULA is entirely a work of fiction. What they share, though, is a grounding in heavy research, and that each hopefully takes an unexpected approach to a story we think we know."
Greene is mum on details about SLIDE, which he considers a work in progress, "as all films in preproduction are." But he does have advice for the curious.
"If you want to know what SLIDE will be like, INCARNADINE is right there on Amazon, where you can get a copy at a great discount," Greene says with a laugh. "They're both about topics I care about, and they both came from the same mind. If I did my job, you've never met a Dracula like the one in the novel, and the film will also show Jimi Hendrix in a way that's both truthful and unique."
Goth bible FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND has hailed INCARNADINE as an "ambitious" and "authentic" work for the way it "reexamines and re-imagines the mythos of Bram Stoker's Dracula." The FM review also says that the novel "resonates as a meditation on religion and human nature," adding "[R. H.] Greene has turned [Dracula] into a figure so complicated and engaging that even the most bizarre events are taken in stride because we want to keep reading."
But can a novelist achieve the same personal voice in a technological medium like film? "Of course," Greene says. "It's been done many times. It's one reason I'm so delighted to be working on SLIDE with Don and Carol - two great people with great gifts. Movies are so much more collaborative than novels. We all mean to depict a little-known aspect of the Jimi Hendrix story in a way that will do Jimi proud."