Alex Proyas Moving Forward with Dracula Year Zero and The Tripods
While director Alex Proyas is still fully entrenched in post-production on his upcoming film Knowing, he spoke briefly with ShockTillYouDrop about two more projects he has in development: Dracula Year Zero and The Tripods. As we reported last year, Dracula Year Zero is an origin story for the legendary vampire, while The Tripods is a post-apocalyptic story where humanity has been conquered and enslaved by aliens who travel in giant three-legged machines based on the series of novels by John Christopher. Proyas had the following to say about the two projects, either of which could end up being next for him.
"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."
"Both are very exciting projects but at this stage, we're still in the budgeting process for both, so I can't really tell you much more than that."
The Tripods adaptation was written by Proyas and Stuart Hazeldine, who is also one of the writers on Knowing and Dracula Year Zero. And personally, the Tripod books were my favorites when I was a kid. They were able to fill the void and answer my questions after I had finished War of the Worlds by exploring what would happen if the aliens weren't effected by Earth's bacteria (which I always found hard to believe in Wells' story). I'd love to see this brought to fruition. As for the origin of Dracula, well, it looks to be an aligning of two of the most popular trends in the current zeitgeist of film: vampires and origin stories.