Director Gary Shore Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, His First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Why He Cut Samantha Barks’ Character Baba Yaga, and More

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Opening this weekend is Dracula Untold.  Directed by Gary Shore, the film stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler.  When the Turkish ruler Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them by becoming a vampire.  The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Noah Huntley.  For more on the film, watch a clip or read 50 things to know about Dracula Untold from our set visit.

The other day in New York City I spoke with Gary Shore about the film.  He talked about what he learned while making his first feature, his first cut, deleted scenes, why he cut out Samantha Barks’ character (Baba Yaga) and how it’ll be included on the Blu-ray, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

DRACULA UNTOLD Review

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For a movie with the title “Dracula Untold“, it’s a story that’s painfully vague.  We all know Bram Stoker’s classic monster.  Some may know that the character was loosely based on Prince Vlad the Impaler.  Director Gary Shore and screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless seemed content to keep it at that with a bit of an emphasis on Drac’s family and then mostly relying of CGI bats.  The film plays like a treatment rather than a real script.  It’s lean to the point of being anemic as Vlad’s transformation into Dracula doesn’t feel tragic but rather a slog towards the inevitable peppered with lame action and stock characters.  Dracula Untold proves some stories aren’t worth telling.

New DRACULA UNTOLD Featurette Highlights Sarah Gadon’s Mirena

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Dracula Untold is all about Vlad’s (Luke Evans) choice to become a vampire so that he can defend his people against Mehmet’s (Dominic Cooper) threat, but one of the main reasons he makes that decision at all is due to his undying love for his wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon).

Clearly Dracula Untold will be loaded with fangs, bats and epic battles, but it’s also a movie rooted in romance and family.  Hit the jump to find out more about Mirena’s effect on Vlad in a brand new Dracula Untold featurette and if you’d like even more information on the character, click here to check out my interview with Gadon from our set visit.  Dracula Untold hits theaters in 2D and IMAX on October 17th and also stars Charles Dance, Noah Huntley and Art Parkinson.

DRACULA UNTOLD International Trailer: Luke Evans Just Wants to Keep the Peace

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from Dracula Untold, but with the film’s October 17th release date coming up fast, Universal has got to start ramping up the promotional campaign soon, perhaps beginning with this brand new international trailer.  A good deal of the footage here comes from the domestic promo we got back in June, but it does highlight a few different elements of the narrative, namely the peace in Transylvania and how Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to destroy it.

It also looks as though Universal is running with the title Dracula Zero in some regions overseas.  I don’t care much for Zero or Untold, but back when we were on set for the film, it was called Dracula Year Zero, so that one did grow on me.  Regardless, we’re getting Dracula Untold on October 17th.  The film also stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance and Art Parkinson.  Hit the jump to check out that new Dracula Untold trailer.

Over 50 Things to Know About Luke Evans’ Take on Dracula from our DRACULA UNTOLD Set Visit

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There are a lot of vampire films out there, perhaps too many, but the team behind Dracula Untold is out defy that by doing something different, combining historical facts with the fantastical.  Bram Stoker’s Dracula may haven been inspired by Vlad the Impaler, but first-time feature writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless decided to take the connection literally.  In Dracula Untold, Dracula is Vlad the Impaler.

Back in September 2013, we got the chance to visit the film’s Belfast, Ireland set where stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper as well as producer Alissa Phillips, production designer Francois Audouy and costume designer Ngila Dickson were all on hand to talk about what’s going to make their vampire movie a standout.  Hit the jump for over 50 must-know facts about Dracula Untold.

Sarah Gadon Talks Making a Timeless Love Story, Comfy Costumes, Working with Auteurs, Standout Lighting Techniques and More on the Set of DRACULA UNTOLD

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Having just come off Antiviral, Enemy and Belle, Dracula Untold was a big one for Sarah Gadon.  She was on the hunt for a love story and while that isn’t what one might expect from a Dracula film, that’s exactly what was at the heart of this one – the romance between Luke Evans’ Vlad and Gadon’s Mirena, and the lengths they go to to keep their family together.

While talking to Gadon on Dracula Untold’s Belfast, Ireland set, she explained how Mirena serves as a moral compass of sorts for Vlad, revealed how she avoided wearing corsets, discussed her connection with her on-screen son, Art Parkinson, talked about working with her “baby Spielberg” director, Gary Shore, and loads more. Hit the jump to check it all out.

DRACULA UNTOLD Trailer: Luke Evans Stars in the Origin Story of the World’s Most Famous Vampire

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Universal has released the first Dracula Untold trailer.  The movie tells the origins of the man who would become the infamous vampire.  This trailer goes beyond the scant logline, and explains that Dracula started out as a good guy, but in order to protect his family, he had to become the bloodsucking bad guy we all know today.  It looks more interesting than I thought it would be, and I really like the costumes.  At the very least, there seems to be some potential for a good story rather than just pretty visual effects and cashing in on the brand.

Hit the jump to check out the Dracula Untold trailer plus five new images.  The film opens October 17th, and stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh, and Dominic Cooper.

DRACULA YEAR ZERO Gets New Life with Director Gary Shore; Producer Mike DeLuca Still On Board

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Universal Pictures, once known for their iconic monster movies, has revived an old classic with a new twist. Originally planned to be directed by Alex Proyas (Knowing) and starring Sam Worthington (Avatar), Universal pulled the plug on Dracula Year Zero due to budget concerns. Now, the studio has resurrected the project and is negotiating with newcomer Gary Shore to direct. While Worthington is out of the picture, producer Mike De Luca is still around. Why does that matter? Because Dracula Year Zero is a passion project of his, one he spoke about at length with Steve two years ago. Not just another vampire flick, Dracula Year Zero was described by De Luca as “on the scale of Braveheart with Dracula, so it’s a lot of…it’s armies. It’s an invading Turkish army. It’s a lot of supernatural action.” If that information is still relevant, Dracula Year Zero will definitely turn out to be a fresh take on an old tale. Hit the jump for more.

Universal Remaking Matt Osterman’s PHASMA EX MACHINA; Gary Shore to Direct the Film Now Entitled OUR HOUSE

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Universal Pictures has acquired the remake rights to writer/director Matt Osterman’s debut feature Phasma Ex Machina (a.k.a. Ghost from the Machine). Gary Shore will direct the remake, based on a pitch entitled Our House, for the studio with Nathan Parker attached to pen the script. Phasma Ex Machina premiered last July at the Fantasia Film Festival in Canada and received positive reception both there and during subsequent screenings. The film centers on a young man who is forced to raise his little brother following the untimely death of their parents. As the story goes, he invents a machine that allows him the ability to travel between realms of life and death at a great cost to both himself and those around him.

As for Shore, Deadline reports that the director landed the remake gig following on the heels of his short film Cup of Tears which he and Parker are already developing into a feature-length project at Universal. Per the report, the plan is for Shore to direct Our House, Cup of Tears, and an adaptation of the James Patterson book series Maximum Ride for the studio. To learn more about Phasma Ex Machina/Our House and Shore’s Cup of Tears, hit the jump for trailers from each.

Shortlist of Directors for THE WOLVERINE Includes Doug Liman, Justin Lin, Mark Romanek, James Mangold and More

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Well it looks like the list of contenders for the director of Fox’s The Wolverine has been narrowed down to eight. Following the sudden departure of Darren Aronofsky shortly before filming was to commence, Fox began searching for a replacement for the Hugh Jackman-starred follow-up to Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now, Showblitz reports that the shortlist of contenders for the job is as follows: Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) Jose Padilha (upcoming Robocop remake), Antoine Fuqua (Shooter), Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma ) and commercials director Gary Shore.

With a script from Christopher McQuarrie, The Wolverine is largely set in Japan. Filming was poised to take place in that country, but it’s currently unknown if that’s still the plan given the natural disaster that recently ravaged the landmass. Hit the jump for more, including my thoughts on this list.

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