Summit bringing us a Cullen-less vampire film

Adam Reed

by: Adam Reed
December 7th, 2009

Vlad drawing

In the last couple of years, there has been a vampire fever going around. Thanks to the author Stephenie Meyer, who many tweens look to as a god, people have been head over heels about the idea of being nibbled on the neck by a shimmering skinned, huge forehead-ed, twenty-nine-packed teenage hunk. This rush of romanticized and tamed vampirism has been taken the country by storm, but could the storm be passing? Could there be new skies ahead that promise something new? Well, no, but there is going to be a new old vampire retuning to the block.

By new, I mean he hasn't been around for a while, and by old, I mean that he is a true historical figure, and there have been film adaptations of him in the past. Who am I speaking of? The uber-ruthless and relentless Prince Vlad, who is better known by his nickname, Vlad the Impaler. I bet there are a few tough guys out there reading this right now, asking, "How do I get a rockin' nickname like that?" Well, the answer is quite simple, be a psychopath that likes to impale people on giant wooden stakes, draining them of all their blood.

Anyways, back to Vlad's new movie. Summit has decided to do an "action-heavy" remake of the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola DRACULA adaptation. But, unlike the other film, which was based on the classic Bram Stroker novel, this new remake is going to focus more on Dracula's early years, that is, when he was a ruthless prince carrying out the aforementioned horrific deeds.

This remake probably sounds good to some, and bad to others. Regardless of your opinion, there are already some intriguing names attached to this project in one way or another. The script for the film, which is currently and quite fittingly titled VLAD, has already been penned by the talented actor Charlie Hunnam, who you might have seen in films like COLD MOUNTAIN and CHILDREN OF MEN, as well as in the hit television series "Sons of Anarchy." It is quite likely that he will be joining the cast once casting actually begins. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are doing the producing side of the project through Pitt's Plan B. Could we see Pitt attached as an actor as well? One can only hope.

VLAD is already fast on the heels of a director as well. Music video director Anthony Mandler is currently in negotiations to direct his first film. Mandler is a talented director, doing videos for many big musicians like Eminem, Jay-Z, Rihanna, and The Killers. He also tends to have a dark style that often resonates in his works. A good example of this is the Eminem's recent video "Beautiful", which you can check out HERE.

I am interested to hear more about this project and exactly where it is going to be headed. Is it going to rely more heavily on the historical story of the real-life monster Vlad the Impaler, or is it going to dabble a little in both history and fantasy? How much of Coppala's DRACULA are we going to see in the project? It doesn't sound like too much, but they are labeling VLAD a remake. Only time can answer these questions, and we will make sure that as soon as these answers become available we will let you all know.

What do you all think, though? Are you, like the vampiric prey found in the films drained? Do you want another vampire movie? Does it help that it isn't going to be TWILIGHTish? Let us know.

Source Slash Film

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