At least this one, according to Heat Vision, will focus on the Dracula legend and not young women and the angsty, metrosexual vampires who love them. It’s an action-oriented movie called Vlad, which is actually not about Anaheim Angels slugger Vlad Guerrero, but about the origins of the Dracula mythology in Vlad the Impaler. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing the Charlie Hunnam script under their Plan B label, in conjunction with Summit Entertainment. Since music video directors are a hot commodity (think Spike Jonze and Marc Webb), Anthony Mandler has been hired to direct. He has worked with such stars as Rihanna, The Killers, and Eminem. Execs were impressed by the reel he made, drawing comparisons to Zach Snyder and the work he has done on 300. Heat Visions says that Summit hopes that the film will be “a visually edgy and radical period movie that also will break a new talent”.
Vampire movies have been moving away from their horror origins and into the territory of soapy romance and action films. Vlad isn’t likely to reverse the trend, but hopefully it will be more substantive than Van Helsing and all of the other recent attempts that pass for horror films these days. Other films have attempted to build upon the Dracula origin story (some have couched it within the Judas legend), but I can’t think of any that have constructed a decent film out of it, so this will be fertive ground with which to work.