‘Dracula’ Origin Film Retitled ‘Dracula Untold’; ‘Frankenstein’ Casts Its Female Lead

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Authors Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus have been re-told, re-adapted and re-envisioned countless times in cinematic and television mediums for over a century now. As such, it seems fair that the current young generation (read: those who’ve been growing up in the early 21st century) will get movies versions of both to call their own next year in Fall 2014.

The previously-titled Dracula origin film – no relation to the upcoming TV series featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in what appears to be a Tudors-style version of Stoker’s horror monster icon – is starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as the man who becomes the famous blood-thirsty creature of the night. Meanwhile, the new screen iteration of Frankenstein will be told from the perspective of Igor, as brought to life by recovering former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

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Universal’s Dracula origins project… uh, originated under the logical title Dracula: Year Zero – with Sam Worthington starring and Alex Proyas (Knowing) onboard to direct – before it was retitled simply Dracula, after director Gary Shore and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burke Sharpless were hired on (all three gents are making their feature-length debut). Production is currently underway in Ireland, yet the film has been retitled once again and shall now be released in theaters next October as… Dracula Untold.

Year Zero was described as a sympathetic treatment of the Dracula character, and Evens suggested that Dracula Untold will carryover the same approach when he told Coming Soon “[The film is] about the man that became Dracula. Don’t be too quick to think he’s a bad guy.” The cast, similar to the main creative team behind the scenes, is largely composed of rising talents who are on the verge of greater things, including Dominic Cooper (Fleming), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables) and Sarah Gadon (Amazing Spider-Man 2). Moreover, Dracula Untold could be a real showcase of Evans’ leading man skills, following his memorable supporting turns in pop-literature/mythology films like Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers and Immortals.

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Elsewhere, THR is reporting that Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey fame has been cast as the female lead in the 2014 film version of Frankenstein, as was adapted from Shelley’s novel by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will be directed by Paul McGuigan (who’s helmed multiple episodes on the BBC’s popular Sherlock mini-series). Findlay will make her American feature debut earlier next year in the Winter’s Tale adaptation starring Will Smith and Russell Crowe, before she appears opposite Radcliffe and his costar, young Charles Xavier (a.k.a. James McAvoy), in McGuigan’s Gothic/Romantic horror/sci-fi film.

Findlay is going to play a trapeze artist who is saved during a trick-gone-wrong by Radcliffe as Igor, which leads the pair to grow closer even as the latter’s master, Dr. Frankenstein (McAvoy), becomes increasingly unstable during the course of his quest to re-animate a human body composed of various… uh, parts from other corpses. The people collaborating on this Frankenstein retelling – on both sides of the camera – are reason enough to keep your eyes peeled and see how this one turns out.

Are you interested in one, neither or both of these classic monster retellings? Drop us a line in the comments section and let us know.

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Dracula Untold opens in theaters on October 3rd, 2014, followed two weeks later by Frankenstein on October 17th.

Source: THR

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  1. Well, no man became Dracula, of course, a fictional character.
    And the real life character who inspired his creation was
    Vlad the Impaler, known for impaling his enemies is the
    most hideous manner in the tens of thousands.

    No way Vlad could be considered not a bad guy.
    If this is indeed whom the director is referencing.

    The Frankenstein film is the more intriguing for me
    especially with the casting of James McAvoy in the
    the lead and now with the lovely Jessica Brown Findlay.

    • History’s text show that before Vlad was the Impaler he was Vlad the Inhaler, apparently in his younger years he was a party animal..might be what they are refering too.

      • Yes, and Vlad was known for a
        friendly kind of impaling back then.

      • lol

    • Actually, to his own people, Vlad Tepes was considered a hero.

      • Maybe so, but his gruesome impaling makes him a bad guy.

        • he was bad guy to the Turks who trued to invade his country , from Transylvanian perspective he was a hero. The Turks would annihilate entire villages leaving nothing and no one alive.

          • My point is, no matter how well-regarded he was to his own people, the fact that he employed such horrific torture of enemies he is a bad guy regardless.

            • Violence was the ‘rule’ in Europe’s XVth century …
              Vlad was not worse than other European leaders (in fact dictators …)

  2. in the most hideous manner

  3. i dont see why people get so hung up on the originals or the “facts” of works of fiction! its a retelling! you wanna see the one you watched 12 years ago? well i have good news, its still around. go watch that instead!

    • Relax now, Sparky. No one is hung up on anything in this thread.
      The director made a statement which was directly commented upon.

  4. The smoking hot daughter from Downton Abbey… count me in!

    • The only hot one on that show.
      And, of course, they killed her off.

  5. Now as far as the Frankenstein movie, they said its going to follow the Mary Shelley book. Don’t know if anyone had actually read the book, the actual creation of the monster is not written about. Its about Dr Frankenstein chasing his creation because he was killing the people close to him because he wont create him a female.

    • It was like 3 or 4 paragraphs, wasn’t it? Yellow eyes, skin like paper…barely remember it but it was…corpsey.

    • IT WAS on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.

      How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! — Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.

      The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room, continued a long time traversing my bed chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.

      • But that all the book tells about the creation. Nothing about grave robbing or any other details. So if they follow the book, other than the 4 murders, witch are strangulations wouldn’t make much of a horror film. Oh, and there is NO mention of an Igor character.

        • The book does cover the creation, though short as it is.
          There is plenty of room to imagine the events that
          lead to the description of the creation here.

          And those events are implied, if not explicitly
          described, so including them can still be
          faithful to the spirit of the novel.

    • Yes, and zero Igor.

    • Book was very boring, too. The James Whale movie with Karloff is how I want to remember the creature and Doc Frank.

    • No they didn’t. If you actually check the facts it will NOT follow the book. Landis was very clear about that, in every interview he’s done. Igor isn’t on the book either. That should’ve been your first clue.

  6. I’d like to see a re- imagining of Dracula that plays off like a dark superhero film (with Mina as the protagonist) but still follows the book’s plot. Then we get an after credits scene….. with Allen Quatermain.

  7. They should cast Michael Shannon as Frankenstein’s monster , The man actually looks like the monster . Its amazing how many people call the monster Frankenstein. the monster never was named lol But then no one ever reads a book anymore lol Mary Shelly herself is quite interesting in today’s time she would be considered a goth chick. Ora real life Morticia Adams.

  8. Hope Dracula Untold doesn’t suck…er, blood…

    As for Frankenstein, I wonder who will play all the “parts”…of the monster…and, uh, the other characters…I was thinking of the actors, not the giblets…

  9. dracula untold is origin story of vlad dracula when he is prince and at the end he become the fist king of vampire and i am big fan bothe classics monster movies and i hope to both dracula untold, frankenstein (2014) and they will be coming in theather in 2014 otcobre .

  10. There is also a Hell sing movie starring Tom Cruise in the works

    • I thought that wa dropped. It would just be a monster mash anyways.

      • *was*

  11. Can’t wait for the Rifftrax guys to get their hands on the Frankenstein flick. “Braeeeeins

  12. 1: as for the dracula origins story, hinging that on vald the impaler may indeed be problematic, but consider that stoker learned of the impaler’s existence only after work on his novel began. according to stoker, in a manner only hinted at, dracula was a student of the occult. that he was a warrior (with or without actually being vlad the impaler) was added later on to lend credibility to his supposed origins. if the new film expands on the faustian elements of the story, i’m all for it.
    2: as for frankenstein, this new version sounds suspiciously like “the bride” from 1985 with the circus element thrown in, and not like shelly’s novel. over the years i’ve come to hope that one day someone would film frankenstein with an emphasis on the scenes at the pole, thus rendering it closer to moby dick

  13. Truly one of the most interesting novels i have ever read. I was planning on collecting this books as reference for our future plays. Can you help me?

  14. I was very sad to read this.

    I looked up “Dracuala Untold” because another site had a blurb about it being a story about the ACTUAL Dracula, no blood sucking involved.

    THAT would have made for an interseting flick.

    Nope, gotta have fangs and the fictions of an 19th century englishman.

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