As Legendary Pictures settles into their new deal with Universal Pictures, CEO Thomas Tull & co. have begun to figure out which projects they can help finance. First up will be Dracula, directed by Gary Shore, starring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper. That movie is out August 8, 2014. After that, they are interesting in helping with Colin Trevorrow‘s 2015 sequel, Jurassic Park IV. Nothing has been made official but early reports are Legendary is interested in co-financing the film, pending a final look at the script and creative elements. Read More »
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Dracula Year Zero is a project that has languished in “on again, off again” status at Universal for some time. Once set to go with Alex Proyas directing and Sam Worthington starring, the film was off for a while. Early in 2012, Universal set the film to more active status again, with commercial director Gary Shore set to make his feature debut at the helm.
Now the film has reportedly been green lit, and Luke Evans has been set to star. [Update: Universal has clarified that, at this point, the film is simply called Dracula.] Read More »
I hope you didn’t think that spectacles like the Great Snow White Race of 2011 were going to disappear in 2012. There are multiple incarnations of Beauty and the Beast, Frankenstein and many other tales brewing at studios, all of which want to squeeze some money out of recognizable public domain characters.
Dracula is looking like the next target of attacks on multiple fronts. We just heard that Dracula Year Zero is back from the dead, and the film Harker, which recasts the Bram Stoker character as a member of Scotland Yard, is gearing up. Now Sony has picked up a new Dracula spec script from Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror, Mirror and a rewrite on The Tomb), with the intent to create a ‘period franchise.’ Read More »
In an age of competing projects, we should expect to see this sort of thing happen a lot more often. Earlier today we talked about the fact that Warner Bros. might be looking to Russell Crowe to star in Harker, Jaume Collet-Serra’s revamped take on Dracula.
So what does Universal do? The studio, which really has a certain claim to Dracula given the 1931 version (or the two ’31 versions if you take the Spanish-language one into account) has taken the old project Dracula: Year Zero out of mothballs. The film has lain dormant since a version with Alex Proyas directing Sam Worthington was scrapped thanks to an escalating budget. Read More »
In early 2010, it was discovered that Sam Worthington was in talks to star in Alex Proyas’ long gestating Dracula origin story, fittingly titled Dracula: Year Zero. Now we have confirmation of this casting, and have also learned that the film plans to be shot in June 2011. To learn more about what’s planned for the production, hit the break. Read More »
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The scoop belongs to Latino Review but consolidation (to put it politely) comes from The Hollywood Reporter: Sam Worthington, genre movie man of the moment, is in talks for the lead role in Dracula: Year Zero.
Alex Proyas‘ long brewing origin picture is set to mix the story of Vlad the Impaler with familiar vampire lore. Just last week Proyas was quoted by Techland on what appeals to him about the project:
Why I’m so intrigued by this story… is that this script has such an interesting and original take on this character. It’s all about how Vlad of Transylvania became this creature; the choices that he made to make him into this tragic character. It’s so intriguing to me, to approach this as a character study on a huge, epic canvas.
Intrigues me too, even though I must admit my intrigue would be tempered somewhat by the attachment on Worthington. Is this anything like a fit for him?