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Gary Shore Resurrects Dracula: Year Zero
Sam Worthington no longer involved?

13 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Gary Shore Resurrects Dracula: Year Zero

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much about Universal’s bloodsucker prequel Dracula: Year Zero. But now it seems to have some fresh momentum with shorts director Gary Shore hired for to bring it to the screen.

Year Zero was a passion project for Alex Proyas, with the Knowing director attached to the movie since at least 2008 when he talked up his vision for the film (less CGI; more character work). But while Proyas developed the film for years and seemingly snagged Sam Worthington’s services in 2010, he put it aside to focus instead on his epic Paradise Lost adaptation. And we know what just happened to that one.

Now Shore, who caused waves in Hollywood thanks to his stylised short/trailer for planned martial arts movie The Cup Of Tears (which you can see below, and which Universal and Working Title are developing into a full-length pic) has been brought it to get the Dracula film to the screen.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have written the most recent draft of the script, which goes right back to Dracula’s roots – and Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the character – in Prince Vlad of Transylvania. While his reported lust for human claret birthed the mythology, the plan was to cast him more as a tragic figure who gives into darkness for noble reasons.

As for Worthington, it would appear that he’s no longer involved. But like Dracula himself, he could always be back…


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Au Contraire, Mon Ami
@Cyberleader (Crap name), in what way is same Worthington a "great acter"? He pulls the same sullen face in every movie and basically just plays himself. He's a cocky Aussie with not much else to offer. More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:59 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Please not a 'noble' Dracula!
I really want this film to happen but PLEASE make him an evil fella, not a sad, heroic character. Bloomin' eck...What's it with people these days and kindly vampires? He's a savage killer...both in Bram Stoker's Dracula AND Vlad The Impaler in real life! There is a reason he was called Vlad The impaler. He impaled people. On stakes. Noble? Also, forget putting Worthington in the role: he's a great acter but there are way too many handsome vampires at the mo...Once upon a time they were monsters. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 12:07 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

Dracula: Patient Zero
Sam Worthington is no great shakes as an actor. Don't know how he's managed to bag so many plum roles. He's bloody lucky if you ask me. The Cup Of Tears is a sort of MTV Samurai movie with the epic, hyper-stylised visuals of 300. I can see why they picked Gary Shore. Give talent its shot, I say. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:14 on 13 February 2012 | Report This Post

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