We’ve just got word of an upcoming Dracula movie that’s going to be completely different from past movies. Yay! Dracula Year Zero is the new flick that is still very much in its beginning stages – which means it will be a while yet before it hits theaters.
Dracula Year Zero, written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, is said to star Sam Worthington (Jake Sully from Avatar) and will be directed by Alex Proyas (I, Robot). The flick is an origin tale of Vlad the Impaler the Romanian royal who inspired Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. It’s going to be a fresh take on the legend that will play off the horror and the sympathy for a character that “sells his soul to the Devil to save his kingdom and family.”
When asked about his decision to do a project based on a character that already has countless films, Alex Proyas commented saying, “I’m not a fan of remakes or sequels — I haven’t done any and I’m not really that excited by them usually. In the case of Dracula, the reason I got excited about the project is I read a particular script that puts the whole legend on its head in every conceivable way and comes out with something that is both a kind of an ode to Bram Stoker’s original Dracula, in that it’s kind of a prequel to that, but it also redefines the character to such an extent that I found it quite exciting, so that is very much a kind of reinvention of that character and it’s why I got excited about it.”
I have to say that I am pretty excited about this flick. While there are some amazing Dracula movies out there, they are almost always an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s book and never anything new or creative. So a story that spins a new tale and a new look into the life of Vlad and vampirism is something to be geeked about. Hopefully we’ll hear more on this upcoming film soon.