Alex Proyas Next Film Probably ‘Dracula Year Zero’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 5:29 pm,

According to, Alex Proyas said that his next film may be Dracula Year Zero.  This news is based on the fact that the script is completed, and an original take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

SciFiwire reports:

“We’re still trying to resolve budget and casting and all the stuff that you need to get through before a project becomes real,” Proyas (Knowing) said in an exclusive interview on Monday. “But the script is at a very good place and I think has a very unique take on the Dracula story.”

The film is set to revive the original tale of vampire lore, which is already quite popular due to the Twilight series of books and now films. The script is supposedly a very modern take on the dated Bram Stoker novel. The last time I heard something was a modern take on Dracula was Blade, and although I loved the trilogy I like to hope this film has more to it than something like a day walking vampire.

Proyas goes on to say that the script is an original telling of the origins of Dracula. From what has been mentioned previously about this film, it almost sounds like it may be a prequel to the Dracula legend.

If I recall correctly, hasn’t this already been attempted in Francis Ford-Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula where they explain the origins of Dracula? I guess if it really is original, bring it on, but I really do not want to be disappointed by another poorly told film about such an epic character.

It seems like an interesting choice for Proyas’s next film, but I’m not sure what the movie industry needs is another vampire film -  especially one about Dracula.  Are there any ideas out there that are remotely original anymore?

Alex Proyas definitely has some directing chops, and if he can make this anywhere near as creepy as Dark City it may turn out pretty well.

Source: SciFiWire

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  1. I was one of the people horribly disappointed in the inappropriately-titled “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Never mind the poor acting, but the film could never make up its mind as to whether Dracula was a good guy or a bad guy. Sadly, where vampire films are concerned, if they want to do something original with Dracula, then they should actually make him a bad guy without any type of conscience. We have enough of these “whiny vampires with a conscience” films.

    Then again, how about actually making a Dracula film that really does follow the book? Perhaps that would be too original an idea for Hollywood to stomach.

  2. Maybe they will make a darker version to Dracula and go all out. I have a recent Vampire fix with all the books and shows that have recently been out. Wouldn’t mind seeing this if done the right way.

  3. Vampire films are the ultimate cliche nowadays. Let ‘em rest for a while, unless it’s a big screen version of Angel.


  4. They need to base a movie off the book The Historian.


  5. I would interested in this as long as its not too much “young Dracula”.
    I have had enough of teen or Generation X Vampires.

  6. @Rev
    Sorry, gotta disagree about The Historian. The plot wasn’t very good, but in its defense, The Historian was more of a literary novel than a horror, adventure story. I won’t say anything here to spoil the book for any who try to read it, but the “payoff” to that book was just awful.

  7. Bill,

    But that’s my point exactly! The Historian was a take on the story that I think needs to be told. All of these movies seem to just re-hash the same thing over and over. The “New Take” on Dracula in his earlier years is probably he had a homosexual relationship at some point.

    Sleuth, anybody?


  8. The Historian has potential, but it also has a lot of problems to overcome. This is one case where I would truly hope the film takes liberties. After all, the book doesn’t offer much action and has enough plot holes to resemble a massive chunk of swiss cheese. Honestly, this was one of those books I wanted to throw across the room. It disappointed me that much.

  9. Why why why? I like vampire movies as much as the next guy, and I’m all for some original vampire stories, but why do we need to keep going back to Dracula? He was scary and original back in the day, but now he’s ridiculously cliche and just doesn’t hold the same connotations as he used to.

    A “re-imagining” of the character won’t help either. The Dracula story is too ingrained in our heads already, so we’re either gonna get another rehash of the same boring story, or something so different that its only real connection to the original story is the name. If that’s the case, then I’d prefer they just call it something different.