Brad Pitt will produce for Summit Entertainment an epic origins story centered upon the Romanian prince's life, before he became associated with the legendary Dracula. While some might be tempted to cry foul (as our own Brian did at the initial news), one only has to remember just how brutal Vlad Tepes really was, and there is no need to incorporate the stuff of legends to make an effective movie.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, writer Charlie Hunnam, known recently as Jax on Sons of Anarchy and as the ladies' man Lloyd on Judd Apatow's Undeclared, declared his intent with the script, which he has been working on for several years.
"As the script stands now, we don't touch on vampirism. That was my one non-negotiable area when we were developing it, and thankfully, nobody suggested that we should delve into it at the end...He had the advantage of fighting on home ground and he knew the terrain better, which gave him the ability to fight at night. Because he would fight at night, he would try to get his men on a night schedule, so they hadn't already been up for 12 hours through the day. There are a million ways to show that this guy is the origin of vampirism without actually having him drinking blood."
Hunnan goes on to describe the film as "more Braveheart than 300," and a "very big and sweeping story," with the first act covering a period of time before Vlad Tepes was born up until they transition into adulthood. While no one has been cast yet, music video director Anthony Mandler is attached to direct, having impressed studio execs with "a reel reminiscent of Zack Snyder's 300."
With luck the final product will be incredibly violent, incredibly bloody and sans a ridiculous love story. Only time will tell. Special thanks to Shock for the heads up.