2 films about Dracula--long thought staked have risen again....
First Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has its very ambitious "Dracula Year Zero" project back in the pipeline. It previously had Sam Worthington attached to star and Alex Proyas set to direct.
The project centers on Vlad the Impaler and his lust for blood which inspired the mythology behind Bram Stoker's classic novel. The film came close to production a while back when the studio shut it down due to the budget being too large.
Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless have written a new draft of the screenplay while Gary Shore is now in negotiations to direct. Michael De Luca will continue as producer, it's unknown if Worthington remains attached.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros is in talks with Russell Crowe about starring in "Harker", a reimagining of the story says Vulture.
In this take Jonathan Harker becomes the protagonist and is not a lawyer. Instead he's a Scotland Yard detective investigating the Count's string of grisly murders in England.
Jaume Collet-Serra was due to direct this pic from a script by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.
The pic was abandoned when Collet-Serra was chosen to do the "Akira" remake. With that now stuck in place due to financing issues, the plan now seems to make "Harker" happen first.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will produce.
Crowe's availability however will depend on his schedule as he's just begun shooting Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Misérables" and then will most likely jump right to Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah