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Dracula, starring Luke Evans, will hit theaters Summer 2014

Apr. 25, 2013by: Alex Maidy

When Luke Evans was announced as the star of this origin movie, it was still titled DRACULA YEAR ZERO. But, Universal must have realized it was an unnecessariyl complicated name for the film and truncated it to the simple DRACULA. Along with that new moniker, the studio is dropping the horror film right into the mix with next year's summer blockbusters by giving it a release date of August 8, 2014.

The Gary Shore directed movie will be Universal's first attempt to revive one of their classic monsters characters since Joe Johnston's underwhelming THE WOLFMAN back in 2010. This new take on DRACULA will flesh out the backstory of how Prince Vlad became the titular bloodsucker. Here's the plot of the new DRACULA:

The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.

DRACULA has been told countless times on the big screen, so it will take something unique to set this apart from the previous incarnations portrayed by Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, and Richard Roxburgh. Luke Evans will be seen next in FAST AND FURIOUS 6 and then later in the year in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. He is a talented actor who will bring an interesting presence to DRACULA. My only question is will audiences respond to seeing the horror icon portrayed as somewhat of a hero. Hell, it seems to be working for Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter on the small screen, why not at the movies as well?

Source: Deadline

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9:58AM on 04/26/2013

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9:55AM on 04/26/2013

WTF? just WTF?

As many of us...I want my bad ass Dracula. WTF? The original legend based on a guy the normal people called Vlad the Impaler. All conquering evil bad ass that would've made Jaime Lannister crap his pants. Where is a movie based on that guy? This is the TV show Angel, but with a bigger budget and The Crow theme.
As many of us...I want my bad ass Dracula. WTF? The original legend based on a guy the normal people called Vlad the Impaler. All conquering evil bad ass that would've made Jaime Lannister crap his pants. Where is a movie based on that guy? This is the TV show Angel, but with a bigger budget and The Crow theme.
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8:33PM on 04/25/2013
What is it with Dracula progressively becoming more and more sympathetic with each successive movie he's featured in? What's wrong with him just being an evil fuck?!
What is it with Dracula progressively becoming more and more sympathetic with each successive movie he's featured in? What's wrong with him just being an evil fuck?!
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8:20PM on 04/25/2013
Luke Evans is a good actor and deserve better roles. He owned in Immortals and The Raven.
Luke Evans is a good actor and deserve better roles. He owned in Immortals and The Raven.
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7:00PM on 04/25/2013
I honestly dont know what to make of this movie....I am going to wait for reviews when it comes out next Summer.
I honestly dont know what to make of this movie....I am going to wait for reviews when it comes out next Summer.
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5:49PM on 04/25/2013
What happened to the Dracula movie where they were on a ship going to England and Dracula was on bored? I am pretty sure it was called the Last Voyage of Demeter that actually sounded interesting.
What happened to the Dracula movie where they were on a ship going to England and Dracula was on bored? I am pretty sure it was called the Last Voyage of Demeter that actually sounded interesting.
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6:26PM on 04/25/2013
I think it's still in post-production or something, but that script was solid and I was looking forward to that one too. Hopefully it's still in the mix.
I think it's still in post-production or something, but that script was solid and I was looking forward to that one too. Hopefully it's still in the mix.
5:34PM on 04/25/2013

As long as he doesn't sparkle . . .

Didn't Francis Ford Coppola's DRACULA run along similar lines? Hero turns vampire for love?
Didn't Francis Ford Coppola's DRACULA run along similar lines? Hero turns vampire for love?
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6:07PM on 04/25/2013
No. He turned Vampire because he forsook and insulted God for allowing his wife to die while he was away fighting the turks. He plunged his sword as a symbol of his hatred towards everything Christian and then he became a Vampire for his sins.
No. He turned Vampire because he forsook and insulted God for allowing his wife to die while he was away fighting the turks. He plunged his sword as a symbol of his hatred towards everything Christian and then he became a Vampire for his sins.
5:28PM on 04/25/2013

Dracula + horror = yes please. Dracula + tragic tale of sacrifice for love = no thank you.

Unwanted, unneeded, unexcited.
Unwanted, unneeded, unexcited.
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5:20PM on 04/25/2013
Sorry but this film has FLOP writtten all over it, especially released in the summer.
Sorry but this film has FLOP writtten all over it, especially released in the summer.
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