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Luke Evans Hoping to Return as Dracula

While Gary Shore‘s Dracula Untold (2014) was a critical disaster, it wasn’t actually a flop in theaters. The Dracula origin story actually pulled in $217M worldwide on it’s $70M budget. It didn’t perform well here in the States, however, which is probably one of the reasons why a sequel was never bitten into. With that said, Universal Pictures had originally confirmed that Untold would be the first film in their monster universe, before being pulled out of the conversation when they announced the “Dark Universe”.

No matter, Luke Evans, who starred as the title character, would love to eventually return if Universal were to work his character into the Dark Universe, which ended began with this year’s The Mummy.

“I think it was a really enjoyable process for me,” Evans told Screen Rant. “I think it definitely had a few flaws in it but I’ve had a lot of good feedback from and I get people me asking me will there we sequel. We left it very wide open, you know, this is a character who could transcend many different times and different periods of history. Who knows. I’d love to bring him back in some concept or context, but honestly, you know as little as I do when it comes with what is going in on the dream rooms of Universal Studios. I really don’t know.”

In the film, “As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family and the families of his kingdom.



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  • Bart Crowe

    Anyone remember the awful post credit scene that was a total ripoff of the one from the original Iron Man?

    • Aside from people that don’t care for Dracula, Universal Monsters, or horror in general, why does anyone like this version of the character at all? It was just a random Batman Begins rip-off set in the 1400s that had nothing to do with Dracula. Even on its own merits, the film was overtly generic.

      • Bart Crowe

        I think you could do a good movie about Dracula’s origin as a heroic but tragic figure. I just don’t think a big budget PG-13 movie made to appeal to a global audience is going to get that job done. At least it led to a funny episode of the We Hate Movies podcast.

        • I think that could work to, but you can’t undermine Dracula’s entire character in the process. When the film started, I thought he was going to try and do good, in his attempt to save his people, and he would find out that he can’t control his bloodthirst. This would result in him killing his wife (giving a sympathetically tragic origin to the villainous character). Instead, I was never actually convinced that Luke Evans was having trouble controlling his blood-lust, and he was just as much a superhero at the end of the film as he was at the beginning.

          • Cappy Tally

            I think his motivation to try to save his people is enough to send him on the path to villainy. Here’s how I’d have it play out, more or less.

            So, to start with, keep the scene where Vlad meets Baba Yaga. Have her put the idea in his head that he should consider giving up his humanity and embracing vampirism because humans are weak. He already knows that becoming a vampire gives him an advantage where he wouldn’t have had one, but after the attack on his people in the woods, he starts to have a bit more contempt for them since they were too weak to defend themselves without him.

            At the monastery, when they attack him, he mocks their weakness (“You are alive because of me!”) a bit more strongly. Maybe even have him try to impale the priest, as punishment for trying to assassinate him with sunlight, before changing his mind. While he’s sulking by himself afterward, have him hint that he knows how to make his people stronger (perhaps based on something the Ancient Vampire says, or something Baba Yaga tells him) but he’s still undecided on it. “If only they were stronger,” he sighs.

            When his wife falls to her death, flip their perspectives. Have her beg him NOT to bite her, but he does it anyway because he needs to save their son. This makes it a much darker scene and marks a significant crossing of morality. Proceed with having Vlad turn the survivors into vampires, offering to “make them stronger” like him.

            From here, you have the attack on the Turks’ camp. Have the big fight scene with Vlad and the Sultan, etc etc, and then when all is over…remember that one vampire who wants to kill Vlad’s son, and Vlad impales him? Take that out. Have Vlad want to turn his son into a vampire.

            Vlad is now the villain and chases his son through the ruined camp. His son remembers how the Sultan almost killed him, having watched the Sultan nearly stake him, and manages to trick him into impaling himself on a spear or something, right through the heart. Clouds fade, sun kills the other vamps, etc etc. The creepy servant dude brings Vlad back after the bit with the kid on the throne, and then the flash forward with Mina has an entirely different feeling, because now we know that Vlad has nothing but contempt for humanity and will attempt to wipe us out, turning most of us into vampires in the process. A silly meet-cute is now ominous and creepy.

            Long story short, Vlad’s wish to defend his people shifts into contempt for their inability to defend themselves, and finally becomes contempt for humanity in general. He believes the key to saving the people he loves is to turn them into monsters, and anyone who gets in the way of that is dinner.

          • But the problem is that it was never showed or implied that Dracula had become that. We see him centuries later, and he’s still the same good-hearted man he was at the beginning.

          • Cappy Tally

            Did…did you not read the comment? I agree with you, he had no change or arc at all. I was suggesting a way to fix it.

          • Ah. Got it.

      • J Jett

        um, i’m a lifelong horror movie fan and i am a fan of Dracula (in most incarnations of the character) and the Universal Monsters and yes, i thought DRACULA UNTOLD was great. was it the most accurate, truthful story of the character? no. but it was still a highly enjoyable movie.

        • Even so, is this the version we want in the official Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe? I’d rather see a true Dracula if they are going to call it ‘Dracula’. As you can probably tell, I’ve never been big on in-name-only reboots and adaptations of things I like. Kind of a reboot pet peeve.

          • J Jett

            don’t get me wrong, i agree w/ you that seeing a 100% authentic version of DRACULA would be freaking awesome. 🙂

  • Cali-Chainsaw

    I absolutely loved this movie! I hope they build it into the dark universe

  • Dot

    well, wouldn’t mind it. Especially after The Mummy sucking haaaaard

  • No. Like Jason in the Friday the 13th reboot, this version of Dracula had almost nothing in common with actual Dracula, aside from being a vampire from the 1400s. I’m shocked that anyone remotely familiar with the Bram Stoker character is up for this superhero nonsense.

  • Kyle Ord

    I actually really liked it and I generally Don’t like movies that take place at any time before electricity was invented

  • J Jett

    YES PLEASE! Luke was great in DRACULA UNTOLD. i very much like that movie.

  • Cappy Tally

    There were several problems, but for me the biggest problem with the film was that Dracula had no character arc. Sure, he became a vampire, but his INTERNAL character never changed. They wanted you to believe that this was the origin story of one of the greatest monsters/villains ever, but…he never really went down that road at all. His morality was never really compromised. I already figured out that with one or two more rewrites, it wouldn’t have been too difficult to fix this aspect. In fact I’d even argue they could have fixed that with a few reshoots, which they already had to do anyway at one point.

    • HalesTales

      Well said! I couldn’t nail it down, but you got it perfectly.

  • Mark Davis

    I’m down. It was much more fun than the Mummy.

  • umaneo

    I really liked this and was a fan of his. Now that he’s better known,
    and horror/ action is hot again, I hope so.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    Bring it on but make it R-Rated though. The first one would’ve been better with more figural darkness, blood and gore.

  • Matthew Hill

    I really liked this and was a fan of his. Now that he’s better known,and horror/ action is hot again, I hope so.

  • slayer929

    Ah. Got it.

  • AkumajoBelmont

    Dracula Untold was one I really wasn’t expecting to like, since I’m a bit of a Dracula snob, but I loved it. I’ve returned to it many times too, and I’ve loved it again, each time. It’s about as close that I’m comfortable getting to a super-hero flick – looking forward to a new one if it eventuates!

  • spidergod91

    Really truly wish they would, The Mummy was meant to erase it because it critically failed but then the Mummy went on to do worse. Luke was fantastic, my favorite Dracula along side Christopher Lee (rip)

    • Eric

      Gary Oldman, Bela Lugosi…?

      • spidergod91

        Haven’t seen the 92 Dracula.
        The original Lugosi Dracula I find go be the weakest of the Universal monster films I have seen. Frankenstein & Creature from the Black Lagoon are far superior.

        • Eric

          Gerard Butler, Leslie Neilson 🙂

          • spidergod91

            Gerard Butler = Was poor to ok…

            Leslie Neilson = Haven’t seen, didn’t even know he played Dracula.

          • Eric

            Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
            Dude those last 2 weren’t meant to be serious, but you should definately check out Oldman’s Dracula.

  • Jason Allen Brown

    I really enjoyed and love it. The way it ended, I was very hopeful.

  • Nia Snacks

    It was a flop in the US because we all wanted a horror movie and got an action-adventure. I did like Luke Evans though.

  • Necro

    I mean I enjoyed it……..kind of. Should’ve been rated R, ‘Dracula’ in a non- bloody action film isn’t ‘Dracula’ to me. It had its moments, but that’s all. If they ever do another film, well, yeah.

  • Dracula Untold wasn’t all that bad. It wasn’t as good as it could have been, but I didn’t hate it, though i twasn’t overly memorable either. I’d prefer, if Universal really wants to go into their canon of monsters, that they actually make horror movies, and stop trying to turn them into action films. If I want action, I’ll go see the new Terminator if/when it comes out. I go to monster movies for horror.

  • I’m sure he’s a good Dracula for all the action oriented viewers.
    Personally I don’t think of him when I’m depicting the bloody vampire.

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