Dracula: Year Zero cast?
The real story in here is that Universal has to create eight films to fill all their Summer 2011 slots, there's a bigger story there which I will go into, but one of the films apparently on the shopping list of fourteen is Dracula: Year Zero, the film from Alex Proyas, the guy who once gave us Dark City.
The story goes further, not only are they looking at it as one of the films for that summer, but that they are throwing a huge budget at it and the star is already cast. At first it might seem like every other rumour (he's a common choice) but then again…
It seems that Universal have been held back from getting on with making films since they were sold to Comcast, but now they have the okay to move forward they're looking at 2011 and they need to fill all the slots, that means eight more films and they have fourteen possibilities.
We've heard about this film before from the man himself, and last thing he said was:
"We're still trying to resolve budget and casting and all the stuff that you need to get through before a project becomes real. But the script is at a very good place and I think has a very unique take on the Dracula story."
He's never really said that much about the script for the film, although at the start of last year he said:
"I read a particular script that puts the whole legend on its head in every conceivable way and comes out with something that is 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, so that is very much a kind of reinvention of that character and it's why I got excited about it."
So it does sound like an interesting origin story, focusing on a part of the Dracula tale that's never really been told, but can Proyas deliver it? He gave us the excellent Dark City and The Crow, but he's also done I, Robot and Knowing.
However, that's not the big part of the story, the big news is that the film is rumoured to be carrying a budget of somewhere in the region of US $100 million, so that's a big film, and the lead is no other than Sam Worthington. Allegedly.
Sounds an interesting choice, Worthington as a vampire, or rather the vampire, but casting isn't my real concern with this film, it's how the film is going to turn out and if Proyas is going to be able to deliver something strong again and return to his former glory of The Crow and Dark City. I guess it's fair to say that a story of Dracula fits more with the style and tone of those two stories than his recent ones, maybe he can? Will the studio pick it up then?