The Machinist Screenwriter to Rewrite Vlad

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In December, Summit Entertainment announced that they would be working on their own action-heavy Dracula remake, entitled Vlad, with a script by actor Charlie Hunnam, music video director Anthony Mandler in negotiations to direct, and Brad Pitt producing via Plan B. The film is planned as an action-oriented take on Dracula as a young prince; he is known to history as Vlad the Impaler, the man behind the Dracula myth.

THR now has word that Scott Kosar has been hired to rewrite Hunnam’s screenplay. Kosar’s credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 remake, Brad Anderson’s The Machinist, the 2005 Amityville Horror remake, and the upcoming remake of The Crazies. The original story is that Summit saw 300 parallels with Mandler’s reel, and they’re hoping for a similarly stylistic approach to the film. His videos have a dark and moody style which could certainly work well with a vampire story. Mandler has officially signed on to direct.

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This is almost refreshing. Just a few days ago we told you that Summit was working on an “action-heavy Dracula remake, entitled Vlad, with a script by actor Charlie Hunnam” and direction by music video director Anthony Mandler. Turns out that the project isn’t quite what anyone expected. Yes, it’s based on the life of Vlad the Impaler, and yes, it’s intended to be a big, sweeping film with a lot of action. (‘In the style of 300‘ keeps being used as a reference.)

But the film is about Vlad the man, rather than an adaptation of Dracula, and won’t touch on vampirism at all. Read More »

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Summit just can’t quit those vampires. The studio is apparently working on their own action-heavy Dracula remake, entitled Vlad, with a script by actor Charlie Hunnam. After loving the guy on Undeclared, Children of Men, and Sons of Anarchy, a vampire script from Hunnam comes as a bit of a surprise. Music video director Anthony Mandler is in negotiations to direct, and Brad Pitt is producing via Plan B along with Dede Gardner. Not surprisingly, the film will apparently center on Dracula as the young prince Vlad.

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