The movie is based on a 2007 novel by ex-60 Minutes producer John Marks. It finds New York TV producer Evangeline Harker heading to Transylvania to interview an Eastern European arms dealer, who turns out to be a present-day incarnation of Dracula.
Hilary Swank is reportedly attached to the Harker role.
Friday The 13th screenwriter Mark Wheaton has penned the adaptation.
Carpenter, whose credits include Halloween, The Thing and Escape From New York, recently completed filming on ghost tale The Ward. It is his first movie since 2001's Ghosts Of Mars.