I, Frankenstein, which released in theatre earlier this year, attempted to re-imagine an iconic monster (Frankenstein’s creature) as a dark superhero, but the intriguing premise was ultimately translated into a movie that was neither a critical success nor a hit at the box office – in the process, killing off any chance that the I, Frankenstein brand could realize its full potential in a future installment.
This fall’s Dracula Untold may have a bit more luck (translation: it looks better) than I, Frankenstein on both counts. As the above clip illustrates, Luke Evans’ version of the eponymous blood-sucker starts out in the film as the mortal leader Vlad Tepes, a noble warrior who believes that he can make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – ones that will (in theory) allow him to protect his loved ones – without succumbing to the darkness himself, that is. Of course, since the movie’s called Dracula Untold, it’s safe to assume that things don’t work out quite as Vlad had hoped.
Previously-released Dracula Untold trailers showcased Vlad’s newfound vampiric abilities, such as being able to conjure up clouds of bats to smash your enemy’s troops into submission. However, in another freshly-unveiled clip, we get a better taste for super-powered Vlad’s weaknesses, as Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) – the Turkish warrior whose attack on Vlad’s kingdom was the start of all this trouble – wields a substance in combat that, in this universe, vampires aren’t so good at handling.
Watch that Dracula Untold clip below, followed by the recently-unveiled IMAX poster for the film (via Fandango).
Dracula Untold was directed by Gary Shore and is based on a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. If you don’t recognize those names, it might well be because Dracula Untold is the feature-length debut for all three of them. However, based on some of their earlier work (watch Shore’s stylish demo reel for a Samurai epic titled “The Cup of Tears”), you can see why Universal decided to take a chance on these “newcomers.”
Universal is planning to reboot its monster franchises as a modern Shared Universe, starting with director Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy in 2016. Meaning, if Shore and his writers hit it out of the park during their first time at bat – and/or the film’s box office returns are sufficiently high – then Evans’ Dracula could easily wind up becoming part of the rebooted monster universe down the line. If not, well, at least Dracula Untold will have I, Frankenstein for company.
Dracula Untold opens in U.S. theaters on October 10th, 2014.