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Worthington to Shoot Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero in 2011?

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August 19, 2010
Source: Collider

Sam Worthington

One of the most famous vampires is returning to the big screen. We first caught mention in a since-removed post on Oz website Encore that Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero would be shooting next year in Australia, but there wasn't any official confirmation. However, Collider checked in with their own industry sources and confirmed that Universal is aiming to start shooting in June 2011 and that Sam Worthington is indeed attached to play real-life historical figure Prince Vlad of Transylvania, known as the inspiration for Dracula and the main character in Proyas' movie. Make what you will of this new, as Dracula Year Zero is coming.

Proyas previously spoke last year about Dracula Year Zero and why it interests him so much: "[It's] 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." Like Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One", Dracula: Year Zero retells the origin of the dark vampire lord known as Dracula. I'm not particularly excited for this yet, but I like Proyas and hope he delivers a kick-ass new take on the famous bloodsucker. For now, it looks like they're still aiming to start mid-2011, but we'll keep you updated and let you know if anything else changes.

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  • PinkSushit
    alex proyas i like as a director sam worthington worthless as a actor michael jackson is black
  • Xerxex
    when are we gonna get one about Vlad "The Impaler" Dracula? I would really love to see his story on the big screen. Well we get to see how Worthington does as a villainous Vampire! Hopefully he will do well and get some of the haters off his back.
  • beavis
    me too, xerxex. i'd always wanted to see a movie about the original Vlad "the impaler". if it's done right, it'll be a gruesomely awesome story!
  • beavis
    hey, xerxex - i missed the end of your post - do you really think the haters on this site will stop? lately, the hate seems to be going to graphic, new levels. yesterday i read 2 guys post of their hate for hayden christensen.........but that wasn't enough - one guy said he would like to watch him die and the other wanted to to rip his head off and do some pretty sick stuff - YIKES! honestly - the hate is out of control on this site.
  • Xerxex
    I doubt it beavis, but one can hope right? I read those Christensen comments too they were CRAZY! I once read that Vlad would dine in the field on his impaled victims, and look up at them with curiosity as the life went from their bodies. If that scene is ever on the silver screen I say oscar.
  • Leeloo Dallas Multipass
    Just goes to show you how an uber-successful movie can keep a career going. I mean, it's dismissive to just label anybody who doesn't like Worthington as a "hater". Sure he has "haters" but he also has people, like me, with perfect, logical reasons to dislike his work. Frankly, he just sucks as an actor. His best performance to date was in Terminator and that wasn't even too special. He was a cardboard cut-out in Avatar, and completely forgettable in Clash of the Titans. He's a stiff. I'd like to see him prove me wrong, but at this point, I doubt it.
  • Xerxex
    well leeloo 99% of people who dislike an actor are illogical in their reasons, but the 1% that have valid reasons like yourself are rare, rare, rare.
  • McWilly
    @Leeloo, they are talking about the general comments that are being posted. Most people are jumping on to bitch about any small thing they can think of. Worthington is good for what he does "Action movies". Look at some of his predecessors Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes, Charles Bronson, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Christian Bale, Clint Eastwood...... these are not the greatest actors in the world but we watched them cus they kicked some serious ass as tough guys and they did it well. I love movies and look forward to reading updates and see trailers but when all I read is bitching about movies it gets old. This site used to not have so many "haters, Trolls “and had intellectual , informational, sometimes humorous comments....not "Worthington Sux." So it is what it is
  • antioch
    not a 'hater' of Worthington, but I definitely haven't seen much of a range from him, which I think will be INCREDIBLY important for this role. But hey, I hope I'm wrong because the story sounds great.
  • http://imurals.com Jedibilly
    Having Sam Worthington in any movie makes it a lot better. He is a HOT rising star! :)
  • beavis
    #6 - leeloo, i agree. it IS ok to not care for an actor if you don't care for their ability......... or even a movie if you disagree with the message (i'm looking right at you michael moore movies!) but, what's been happening on this site the last few months with the hate (both for actors/actresses and movie trailers) is getting ridiculous. also, i agree with your assessment of worthington. i think he's ok - but, he hasn't had a role that made me think he was a great actor. this films story has potential; so, i want to hope sam can make it happen with this one. xerxex - yea, i read the same stuff about Vlad - i'd hope they cover his war exploits too.
  • Ben
    Haha @ 6... how ignorant, you list his American movies but he has had an extensive and successful Aussie film career years before Avatar was even in production. He won best actor at the AFI's for Somersault, and his performances in Macbeth, Gettin' Square and Dirty Deeds are also great. Why don't you actually look up his back catalogue before bagging him out based on 3 really shitty American movies.
  • FiendishMonkey
    C C Humphries, Vlad: The Last Confession. Now that would be an awesome film
  • Shrobe
  • Loser
    There was a Vlad movie made I think in the eighties don`t remember what it was called someone here should know, remember a scene were they are in a forest in autumn or open space with a guy just impaled slowly dying while vlad were talking.
  • http://www.nutri-concepts.com/ Mandy
    I think it's dismissive to just label anybody who doesn't like Worthington as a "hater".
  • McWilly
    @ Ben good info, I was also ignorant on his other movies. I just categorized him cuz I think he plays a good action guy even though the two movies I relate to him as a badass were not epic by any means, I still liked him as an action star. I might be the odd one out on this though.
  • Jimmy Love
    I really think Hollywood should let old Drac rest for a while, A new one every couple of years gets old, if they even wait that long. As for Worthington I don't mind him at all I even liked Terminater Salvation it made more sense than term 2 and 3 at least it does if you actually remember the first one. I even liked Clash tho not on the same level as the harryhausen one and luckily I didn't see it in "3D"
  • Xerxex
    oh yeah! I forgot all about that one strobe! thanks.
  • Xerxex
    @Mandy like I said 99% are illogical in their reasoning for not liking Worthington.
  • worhingtonforpresident
    this guy has only had 3 big movies yet and they were action flicks!!! prove me wrong please but which popcorn shuddup yer brain action movie had the last oscarwinning actors? give him a chance in a drama or something and he WILL deliver believe me... Nuff Said
  • Leeloo Dallas Multipass
    @ Ben... You're right, I haven't seen any of his Australian films, but honestly, at this point he hasn't given me any reason to. Isn't that how it usually works? You see an actor/director's films based on previous films you have seen him in, and decide whether you're going to continue to do so? Yeah, I'm sorry. I've seen him in big famous Hollywood blockbusters. It's just those films were more accessible for me and easier to see at any theater. So now I'm supposed to go out of my way to see him in Australian films? No, sorry. He has to prove something to me first. And at this point he hasn't. And I have no problem watching foreign films either. Most of my favorite films are foreign. But Worthington? I don't care to watch his stuff. I'll read about some of his Aussie films though, and see if any of those films sound interesting.
  • casting couch
    Worthington has so far managed to play the almost exact same stoic wooden "character" sporting the same buzz cut in three US movies. If he has any actual acting ability, he is yet to show it. Maybe the million dollar paychecks have made him lazy.
  • bozo
    Jeezus christ - enough with the fucking vampire flicks already. Would love to see something written for Worthington that involves actual "acting" though.

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