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