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Universal's 'Dracula Year Zero' Returns from the Dead with Gary Shore

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February 10, 2012
Source: Deadline

Dracula Year Zero

A couple of years ago we were following a project at Universal called Dracula Year Zero, which had Alex Proyas directing, Sam Worthington starring. It stay in development for a while, even preparing to shoot, but was shut down over budget. Proyas went on to other projects (like Paradise Lost), so did Worthington. But Deadline is now saying Dracula Year Zero is, indeed, back from the dead, but with a new team. Michael De Luca (Moneyball) will still develop as producer, he's got Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless (Missile Command, Flash Gordon) writing a new draft of the script, with Gary Shore (The Draft) now in negotiations to direct.

This seems like an odd project to revive, but Deadline reassures us: "it sure looks like this movie is back on track." Like Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One", Dracula Year Zero retells the origin of the dark vampire lord known as Dracula. Sam Worthington on why he liked it: "[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." Gary Shore is a commercials director waiting to make his feature debut, and it sounds like this is being re-structured for a first-time director on a smaller scale. I'm not particularly that excited for it, but I'm curious to see how it turns out, and who they cast if they reach that point. Stay tuned.

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  • Avi
    Tell the real story of Dracula and it will be interesting! But no one dares to do it because Vlad Tepes was a psychopath and twice as bad as Doctor Mengele... Nobody wants to see people on stakes and a schizophrenic idiot enjoying it...
    • Jericho
      you could look up the other three real life movies that have already been out....
      • Avi
        Oke! Do you have more information about them? Where can i find these and they are American? The romanian stuff are total crap!
    • Mark Ferris
      first he's a Psychopath then a schizophrenic. your wrong on both accounts...perhaps you should do your research. A) Vlad was raised by the Turkish sultan as a hostage against his father , Dracul. B) As a son of a 'Prince/Count' he learned Tactics and Strategies from the Sultan instructors. C) when he came of age after his Father and eldest brother were assasinated he began using turkish tactics AGAINST the Turkish Empire for the Christianity. D) He defended the Christian Faith(Orthodox Faith i think) and was labelled a Madman and Psychopath for using Turkish Tactics against them, eventually after losing one wife and then being betrayed one to many times by fellow nobles and 'Allies' wouldn't you go mad?. Vlad Tepes is a Romanian National Treasure and Patriot. Vlad was generally known as a fierce and honest leader. Vlad was said to have been so confident that no thief would dare challenge him knowing they would be brutally killed that he placed a golden cup on display in the central square of Tirgoviste. The cup was never stolen and remained where it was untouched throughout Vlad's reign.
  • tir na nog
    Sounds good,I thought Shore was doing the Cup of tears movie,martial arts/sci-fi   movie. 
  • GHOST
    Glad Unworthington isnt involved any longer.
  • Lovecraft
    I think this one is really good. And dont let the cover picture fool you, there are no vampires in this movie. Its a fair adaptation of the real Vlad, and why he had to become who he was. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240793/ 

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