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Dracula: Year Zero finds some fresh blood and new life

02.13.2012
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Dracula's bloody mouthIt's been over a year since we heard anything about DRACULA: YEAR ZERO, with the only solid information ever being that Sam Worthington (AVATAR) would star and Alex Proyas (THE CROW) would direct. That version was shelved due to budgetary concerns (lightning which also just struck Proyas' PARADISE LOST), but the project has now been resuscitated with director Gary Shore at the helm.  Shore currently only has commercials and one short film to his credit, but there must be something to his style if Universal is entrusting him with what is effectively a reboot of DRACULA. 

Producer Michael De Luca has this to say about YEAR ZERO back when Proyas was still set to direct: “…these writers came up with the ingenious-what I think is ingenious-approach combining historical Dracula with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. So it chronicles the efforts of a young prince, Vlad of Transylvania trying to keep the Ottoman empire and the Turks of the time from using his small country as a stepping stone to invade Europe. So there’s a historical basis for all of that history that’s in the script.”  I think I see where they're going with this, and I think i'm interested, but I also know that historical reference did nothing to make BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA a better movie.  So we'll hopefully hear some more soon - the casting of Dracula himself will say a lot either way, and I sincerely hope that they use this second chance to cast someone with a whole lot more charisma, mystery, and simmering energy than Mr. Worthington. 

Extra Tidbit: What are some of your title ideas? How about this: we combine Dracula and Rambo, reboot them both, and call it DRACULA: FIRST BLOOD.
Source: Deadline

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12:47AM on 02/14/2012
"…these writers came up with the ingenious-what I think is ingenious-approach combining historical Dracula with Bram Stoker’s Dracula"

That is not ingenious, it's derivative. It's the same thing Coppola already did, AND he also managed to include more of the novel than any Dracula film before or since.
And the annoying thing is that it's not even *accurate*! Bram Stoker's Dracula was never even meant to BE the historical Dracula! If you read the novel, you'd realize that their histories
"…these writers came up with the ingenious-what I think is ingenious-approach combining historical Dracula with Bram Stoker’s Dracula"

That is not ingenious, it's derivative. It's the same thing Coppola already did, AND he also managed to include more of the novel than any Dracula film before or since.
And the annoying thing is that it's not even *accurate*! Bram Stoker's Dracula was never even meant to BE the historical Dracula! If you read the novel, you'd realize that their histories are completely different. So Coppola's film was more like an interesting experiment in the end, not a revelatory work that needs to be emulated. His first name isn't even "Vlad"!
This modern obsession with origin stories is polluting the horror genre and needs to be stopped.
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9:01PM on 02/13/2012
I'm DAMN glad Worthington is no longer Dracula because he was never worthy of such a role.
I'm DAMN glad Worthington is no longer Dracula because he was never worthy of such a role.
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5:43PM on 02/13/2012
The only thing I want (besides the movie being good, obviously) is an evil Dracula. The worst crime of Coppola's movie was trying to turn the character into a romantic hero. Dracula is most famous villain of all time and the person he was based on was especially cruel. There's no reason to turn the character into a Twilight vampire.
The only thing I want (besides the movie being good, obviously) is an evil Dracula. The worst crime of Coppola's movie was trying to turn the character into a romantic hero. Dracula is most famous villain of all time and the person he was based on was especially cruel. There's no reason to turn the character into a Twilight vampire.
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6:21PM on 02/13/2012
yeah, Coppola was such a hack for copying Twilight
yeah, Coppola was such a hack for copying Twilight
11:46AM on 02/13/2012
This sounds interesting. Vlad tries to defeat the turks but gets no help from europe or the church so he resorts to dark magic which requires him to do inhuman acts of evil in order to gain the power to defeat the ottoman empire. As a result he becomes a vampire and claims his first vampire kill by draining the blood of a sultan personally. From that point on his own people abandon him forcing him to resort to a life of vampirism as his own people have turned on him. Yeah that could prove
This sounds interesting. Vlad tries to defeat the turks but gets no help from europe or the church so he resorts to dark magic which requires him to do inhuman acts of evil in order to gain the power to defeat the ottoman empire. As a result he becomes a vampire and claims his first vampire kill by draining the blood of a sultan personally. From that point on his own people abandon him forcing him to resort to a life of vampirism as his own people have turned on him. Yeah that could prove interesting though its has been some what loosely done before.
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9:51AM on 02/13/2012
Extra tidbit: I'd go with "Dracula: Blood Thirst". And it should be done a la vintage Hammer Films style poster.
Extra tidbit: I'd go with "Dracula: Blood Thirst". And it should be done a la vintage Hammer Films style poster.
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2:07PM on 02/13/2012
or cast Stallone as Dracula and call it "Dracula: Thirst Blood"!
or cast Stallone as Dracula and call it "Dracula: Thirst Blood"!
2:09PM on 02/13/2012
I should've read the extra tidbit!
I should've read the extra tidbit!
9:57PM on 02/13/2012
Dude, I think "Thirst Blood" is what I should have gone with instead. Nice one!
Dude, I think "Thirst Blood" is what I should have gone with instead. Nice one!
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