Brad Pitt's New Vlad Movie Has No Vampires or Dracula In It!
Just the other day it was announced that Summit had bought the rights to a spec script called Vlad that was about Vlad the Impaler, the person who behind the Dracula myth. Given that relation and the popularity of vampires in Hollywood, the story was sent out as somewhat of a new take on Dracula involving vampires yet again. Apparently that's not actually the case. EW.com spoke with screenwriter Charlie Hunnam (who is also an actor) about his Vlad script and it sounds awesome in its own way, yet different than you're probably expecting. It's much more of a period epic about Vlad and his rule as a prince in the Ottoman Empire.
Hunnam describes it as "more Braveheart than 300," if you're wondering about the style or intensity. "I was really interested in the reality of how this man turned into the myth, and because of some of his behaviors, it's actually very easy to weave that mythology in, in a true way." So we get to see the story of Vlad the Impaler, which Hunnam explains in detail over on EW. Most of the first act involves Vlad as a kid. "You see them as children, you see the war, you get introduced to the Ottoman Empire, the deal is made, the children are taken, and then you see how differently each of them reacts to being held in the Ottoman court. The first act break is cutting from them being children to them being adults — and then all hell breaks loose."
There may be a few of you who are probably still wondering what this has to do with Dracula or how it all connects. Well, Hunnam explains exactly that in his last answer in the interview. Here's what he says:
"As the script stands now, we don't touch on vampirism. That was my one non-negotiable area when we were developing it, and thankfully, nobody suggested that we should delve into it at the end. But you can clearly see the things that Bram Stoker took... Vlad was such a brutal man, and the trick is to make him sympathetic. That was the challenge, and if we've succeeded in any way in this script, I truly believe that it's genuinely making him sympathetic. He was doing what he thought was right. He was the one who was being invaded and whose religious beliefs were being stripped away.
... There are a million ways to show that this guy is the origin of vampirism without actually having him drinking blood."
And who might play Vlad? Hunnam, who stars on "Sons of Anarchy", said it would be a dream come true if he could, but that's very unlikely. "There's something very roguish and bad boy about Vlad, and I know Colin [Farrell] a little bit, and I think he has some of the characteristics that would be essential for playing this guy." He also suggests Ryan Gosling or Christian Bale but admits he doesn't know and it's probably better left up to director Anthony Mandler to figure out. With this update, though, I can say I'm certainly still interested, but maybe I was just itching to see a bit of the supernatural make its way into this. Thoughts?
Vlad CG image at the top courtesy of artist Harsh Borah: harshcg.com.