Dracula Untold

Universal Pictures is getting ready to reboot all of their Universal Monsters. The last film not part of this new era is Dracula Untold, a standalone blend of fact and fiction that becomes a pseudo-Dracula origin story. Luke Evans (Fast and Furious 6, The Hobbit) is Prince Vlad of Transylvania, a just ruler who leads a peaceful life with his family. That changes when his country is invaded by a seemingly unbeatable enemy, leading Vlad to make the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Vlad himself was a real person and the inspiration for Dracula. Whether or not he actually became a vampire named Dracula is probably less true.

Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold opens October 17. Check out the latest Dracula Untold trailer, this one from Japan, below. Read More »

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First Look Dracula Untold

Luke Evans is one of those actors who constantly seems to be on the verge of breaking out, without quite getting there. He’s appeared in lots of high-profile projects (Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, Immortals, The Raven) and even a couple of pretty good high-profile projects (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6), without achieving household name status.

But he continues to try, and his next stab at superstardom will be this fall’s Dracula Untold. Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold chronicles the origin story of the world’s most iconic vampire. As it turns out, he wasn’t always evil incarnate. In fact, the new Dracula Untold poster and image, released today, have a strong Dark Knight vibe to them. Get your first look at Dracula Untold after the jump.

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Briefly: Universal has set release dates for two Fall 2014 movies. First up is Dracula, starring Luke Evans (above, though not seen in a still from the film) and directed by Gary Shore. That’ll be out October 3, 2014. Then there’s Search Party, a comedy directed by Scot Armstrong (writer of Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover: Part II) and starring Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller and Adam Pally. That’ll be out September 12, 2014.

Luke Evans Takes Lead in ‘Dracula Year Zero’

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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 »

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 »

Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »

Watch a Fan-Made Wolverine Trailer

First up, as the headline should suggest, this is not a trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wolverine. It does not incorporate any footage that will be in that film, mostly because nothing has been shot. This is the work of commercial and music video director Gary Shore, who cut together animated photo-based storyboards showing Wolverine’s encounter with ninja clan the Hand. The result is something that fans of the character might well enjoy, and it is embedded after the break. Read More »

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