Last December we told you about an upcoming project called Vlad, which tells the tale of Vlad the Impaler in his early years. At first we thought the film would include vampires (since they're "in" right now thanks to the Twilight franchise's success) but in an update to the story we learned the filmmakers were steering clear of the vamp angle - an interesting move, considering Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration for Dracula, the ultimate vampire.
We've been under the impression that the script being used for Vlad was written by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and that it would be directed by music video director, Anthony Mandler. However, even though Mandler is still in the director's chair for the project, it appears that there's been a change-up in screenwriters.
Instead of Hunnam's script, a new one is being written by Scott Kosar. Kosar has written movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the 2003 remake), The Machinist, The Amityville Horror (the 2005 remake) and most recently he co-wrote the horror-thriller, The Crazies (the third remake on Kosar's resume).
Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are still producing Vlad through their Plan B venture; president of production at Summit Entertainment (ironically the studio behind Twilight), Erik Feig, and VP of production, Meredith Milton, are overseeing the project.
Let it be noted that Vlad has nothing to do with Universal's Dracula: Year Zero, which could star Sam Worthington in a story that will supposedly mix the history of Vlad the Impaler with what we know of Dracula the bloodsucker). Much like The Three Musketeers, it appears the story of Vlad the Impaler is extremely popular with studios and producers right now.
I look forward to how the two Vlad-related projects are going to distinguish themselves from one another. I'm guessing that with Dracula: Year Zero featuring vampirism and Vlad going out of its way not to, we'll have one fantastical film and one that's more realistic to appreciate separately.
Do you like the new screenwriter they've brought on-board to write the Vlad script? An improvement over the last? What can Vlad do to further distinguish itself from Dracula: Year Zero?
More on Vlad when news comes out.