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 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.
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.