Sam Worthington’s enviable position as the guy rumored for every major Hollywood movie to be made after 2008 continues. Earlier today there were rumors that Sam Worthington was going to make Alex Proyas’ “Dracula: Year Zero” his first major movie post-”Avatar”. It was just a rumor then, but tonight, that rumor is confirmed by the trades. Worthington is indeed in negotiations to play Prince Vlad the Impaler.
The script is by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and will depict Dracula as “a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war.” Basically, that whole vampire thing is kinda true, and kinda not. Somewhere in the middle, one presumes.
Knowing Alex Proyas, who will be directing the film for Universal, whatever he comes up with it’s gonna look like a million bucks. Throw in historical battle scenes and magic, and “Dracula: Year Zero” has the makings of one hotly anticipated pic. Proyas’ last film was last year’s sci-fi end-of-the-world movie “Knowing”. It was decent, but not great. I’ve been waiting for Proyas to make something great, on par with “The Crow” and “Dark City”, and I’m still waiting. Maybe this will be it.
Uber producer Michael De Luca is producing for Universal. There is no start date for the pic yet, and for all intents and purposes it’s still “in development”, but should Worthington signs on you would assume the studio will fast-track the picture.