The script chronicles the epic origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. It depicts Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war, repositioning him more as a vengeful hero than the monster seen in Bram Stoker’s classic novel.
Universal’s Dracula (formerly Year Zero), has added Dominic Cooper to the cast (pictured above; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dead Man Down), Variety reports. It’s not yet known what role he’ll be playing.
Pic stars Fast & Furious 6‘s Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon. Gary Shore is directing and Michael De Luca producing.
“The story is a mix of mythology and history as it follows the story of Prince Vlad, the inspiration for the Dracula character popularized by the Bram Stoker novel.”
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script. VP of production Anikah McLaren and creative executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal.
The film is moving fast with Universal giving it the greenlight and slating it for an Aug. 8, 2014 release.
Update: Apparently now it’s just called Dracula.
The last time we wrote about Universal Pictures’ Dracula (aka Dracula Year Zero) was well voer a year ago when commercial helmer Gary Shore was in negotiations to direct the film. He’s still onboard (remarkable, actually – for a film in this kind if development) and now the movie has a lead in Luke Evans (The Raven), per THR. Even bigger news? The film has a green light and the project will start shooting this year!
“The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.”
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script and Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Prods. banner. READ MORE
Yet another Dracula story is moving forward as Gary Shore is in early negotiations to make his feature directorial debut with Universal Pictures’ Dracula Year Zero, says Variety. Alex Proyas (The Crow, Knowing, Dark City) was at one time attached.
The pic is described as a mixture of vampire mythology that revolves around the true story of Vlad the Impaler and the possible origins of Dracula.
Sam Worthington had long been attached to topline the film but his involvement is suspect now.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script and Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Prods. banner. Universal exec Kiska Higgs will oversee the project for the studio. READ MORE