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Alex Proyas On Dracula: Year Zero
Exclusive: director talks vampire plans

25 July 2008  |  Written by James Dyer  

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Alex Proyas – the Australian director of sci-fi epics like I, Robot and the vastly underrated Dark City – was on hand at Comic-Con today with his first project in five years, the Nicolas Cage thriller, Knowing.

But, when we came face-to-face with the Australian helmer, we were just as keen to find out more about his next project: the ambitious horror, Dracula: Year Zero.

As the title might suggest, the movie is a prequel to Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the novel, not the Francis Ford Coppola flick), purporting to tell the story of how one Vlad Dracul became a vampire and, arguably, the greatest villain of all time.

“For me, the script is a very unique take on that legendary character that we think we all know so well,” Proyas told Empire, exclusively. “Creating an origin tale of that character seemed like a no-brainer, but I think it really works. It’s a really emotional journey that that character takes – it’s a wonderfully tragic tale.”

It’s very early days on Dracula: Year Zero for Proyas. Indeed, he’s only just embarked on the post-production period for Knowing, but he’s already beginning to look ahead to a film that should substantially raise the stakes for vampire movies. Ahem.

“It’s a hugely epic canvas,” says Proyas. And with early drafts of the script boasting, for example, vampire armies, he’s not wrong. “But right now with my work, I’m in a process of trying to ground it. I’m getting away from stylisation and trying to make things as realistic as possible. I wanna approach Dracula in the same way. I want to make it a very authentic-feeling piece. It does require less emphasis on CGI, more emphasis on actually creating a world that we can move in.”

There are some, of course, who might suggest that explaining the origin and motivation of a truly great monster only goes to defang it – look at Hannibal Rising and Rob Zombie’s Halloween for proof. But Dracula: Year Zero has immense promise, not least because of Proyas’ ability to conjure astonishing visuals. This could be one to keep a very close eye on.

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good news for you glass, dark city the directors cut is out on the first week of august so go lap it up :) More

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You should also mention the Dark City Director's Cut DVD. That with my luck will only be released Stateside. Gaaaaaaay. More

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