Alex Proyas is one of those directors that I really like, even though he hasn’t really done anything of note since 1994’s “The Crow” 1998’s “Dark City”. But “Dark City” and “The Crow” were such good movies, and made such an impression on me, that I continue to eagerly await anything he gets involved in, but invariably, I’m disappointed. “Garage Days” was just weird and “I, Robot” was okay. I’m waiting for him to do something else just as spectacular as his “Crow” and “City” days, and hopefully “Dracula Year Zero” will be that movie. The movie will, as the name implies, concern itself with Romanian king Vlad the Impaler (the source material for much of the Dracula legend) at the height of his power, and will show him “when he was still vital and to explore the fact that he’s considered a hero in Romania for fending off the Turks.” Basically, a Vlad/Dracula you’ve never seen before.
The script for “Dracula Year One” (I’m sure they’re going to change that title sooner or later; mainstream America has no idea what the phrase “year zero” means) was written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who, according to the Variety article, is also writing the script for Zack Snyder’s “Cobalt 60”, a film scheduled sometime for 2009, probably after Snyder finishes “Watchmen”, a movie that should take him more than a year to finish and finalize.
This is what the real Vlad the Impaler looked like:
And this is why he was called that (something about his propensity to impale people…):