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Drac is back, in a big way. The number of in-development projects centering on the iconic bloodsucker is staggering. In addition to movies like Millennium Films' 'Last Voyage of the Demeter,' Universal is planning a reboot of their own progenitor Dracula film. The new Dracula, at one time called 'Dracula Year Zero,' is said to be a mixture of history and mythology, centering on Prince Vlad. Vlad was of course the real-life inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel. Feature directing noob Gary Shore will direct from a script by screenwriting rookies Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Now it seems the production has found its Nosferatu. Luke Evans ('Fast & Furious 6') will be donning the cape and fangs, having apparently won the role over the likes of Tom Hardy. Alex Proyas was originally slated to direct this new 'Dracula,' but budgetary concerns forced him off the project.
It seems like all the core Universal monsters are making a comeback. Dracula has been getting the most attention, but there's also a mummy reboot in the works, also in-house, as well as 'I, Frankenstein' coming together over at Lionsgate. Oh, and let's not forget that Tom Cruise reboot of Van Helsing. Sure, 'The Wolfman' remake sort of fell on its face, but that doesn't seem to be slowing anyone down. Is this the new trend? Are we moving forward by moving backwards? In any event, I don't understand the casting here. I have to assume (read: desperately hope) that the only reason Evans won the part over Tom Hardy is that Hardy had a major scheduling conflict. Nothing against Evans, he's been decent in everything I've seen him in, but it seems like Universal's only reasoning for putting Evans in the role was that they had just worked with him on 'Fast & Furious 6' so it was just an easy transition. I do like the idea of infusing elements of the Prince Vlad stories into the script, and I hope it's pushed further than the brief tidbits that were hinted in Francis Ford Coppola's 'Dracula.' Of course, the amount of untested talent behind the camera and on the page also has me quite uneasy.
What do you guys think? Is Luke Evans a good choice for Dracula? Do you think this reboot will get lost in the shuffle of other Dracula movies and classic monster reboots?