Summit Hires Music Video Director Anthony Mandler to Helm VLAD, a New Spin on the Dracula Myth; Brad Pitt to Produce

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Heat Vision reports that Summit Entertainment, the company behind the Twilight movies, still wants fresh vampire blood and is going after it with Vlad with music video director Anthony Mandler at the helm.  Instead of the angsty-romance of Twilight, Vlad would be an action-adventure.  The script comes from actor Charlie Hunnam who plays the lead role of Jackson “Jax” Teller on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.  Brad Pitt will co-produce with Dede Gardener via their production studio, Plan B.

Vlad, which centers on Dracula as a young prince, would presumably weave into history seeing as the title is from “Vlad the Impaler”, the historical figure who inspired the Dracula myth. Summit was already developing the project but Mandler gave it fresh life after execs saw his reel.  While Heat Vision says the execs were wowed by the reel and compared it to 300, after looking at some of his videos on YouTube, I don’t get that sense at all.  Mandler looks like he prefers a handheld, documentary style approach and uses as few words as possible to set up the music-part of the music video.  He also takes his time and his videos (again, the ones I saw) take about a minute to actually get to the music-part of the music video.

I’ve included three of his videos demonstrating this approach.  Maybe his 300-style is in videos I haven’t seen yet.


The Killers- When You Were Young


Eminem – Beautiful *High Sound* (EXTENDED VERSION)


Rihanna Hate That I Love You




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  • JUDGE DREDD

    Well, I dont think much of those particular music videos. BUT I sure am excited that they are making a film about Vlad the impaler!

    I have wanted to see a film about him since i saw Braveheart years ago. THAT’S how it should be made! Not a carbon copy of 300. Does this 300 styling now mean that all historical based films will no longer look realistic???

    Braveheart is still my number 1 historical film, sure it has a bit of cheese and a few details were made up just for the movie, but it still holds up, its moving, powerful and I’ve yet to see a battle put on film that beats it for gritty realistic and brutal. Although VLAD would need a massive cgi army like lotr, just for scale. I would hope that the director looks at Braveheart rather than 300 for inspiration.

    I read some of the actual history of Vlad the impaler, and he was BRUTAL! I hope they don’t mess this one up. The real story of Vlad Dracula is actually better than the mythical one. Infact, I kinda hope they don,t mingle in the vampire legend into this film too much. But I think they wont be able to resist.

  • JUDGE DREDD

    Well, I dont think much of those particular music videos. BUT I sure am excited that they are making a film about Vlad the impaler!

    I have wanted to see a film about him since i saw Braveheart years ago. THAT’S how it should be made! Not a carbon copy of 300. Does this 300 styling now mean that all historical based films will no longer look realistic???

    Braveheart is still my number 1 historical film, sure it has a bit of cheese and a few details were made up just for the movie, but it still holds up, its moving, powerful and I’ve yet to see a battle put on film that beats it for gritty realistic and brutal. Although VLAD would need a massive cgi army like lotr, just for scale. I would hope that the director looks at Braveheart rather than 300 for inspiration.

    I read some of the actual history of Vlad the impaler, and he was BRUTAL! I hope they don’t mess this one up. The real story of Vlad Dracula is actually better than the mythical one. Infact, I kinda hope they don,t mingle in the vampire legend into this film too much. But I think they wont be able to resist.

  • Pedro Garcia

    My name is Pedro Garcia from McAllen Texas. I am a director and producer for a small community theatre company and a short film director. I recently saw Anthony Mandler's video “When We Were Young!” Off first sight I saw how immensly talented he is, not to mention Gina Leonards producing greatness. I have a feature film I would love to have shot one day by someone with the talent that Anthony has. When we were young is brilliant all around including the awesome cast. Who is the lead female? Is she a working actress? Is she from Chiapas, MX. She is amazingly beautiful and talented. The lead man was also excellent. I hope Anthony reads my note and contacts me one day in a million. Sincerely, Pedro Garcia/Artistic Director/Teatro Nuestra Cultura/McAllen TX/teatronuestra@hotmail.com/956-655-9308/www.myspace.com/teatronuestra

  • Pedro Garcia

    My name is Pedro Garcia from McAllen Texas. I am a director and producer for a small community theatre company and a short film director. I recently saw Anthony Mandler's video “When We Were Young!” Off first sight I saw how immensly talented he is, not to mention Gina Leonards producing greatness. I have a feature film I would love to have shot one day by someone with the talent that Anthony has. When we were young is brilliant all around including the awesome cast. Who is the lead female? Is she a working actress? Is she from Chiapas, MX. She is amazingly beautiful and talented. The lead man was also excellent. I hope Anthony reads my note and contacts me one day in a million. Sincerely, Pedro Garcia/Artistic Director/Teatro Nuestra Cultura/McAllen TX/teatronuestra@hotmail.com/956-655-9308/www.myspace.com/teatronuestra

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