Underworld 4 Gets Pushed Back; Dracula Year Zero Moving Forward?
08.19.10 by Ryan
A few horror movies have been on the move recently, with Underworld 4 moving release dates (again) and director Alex Proyas's Dracula Year Zero (maybe) moving forward.
Box Office Mojo reports that Underworld 4 has been bumped from its Sept. 23, 2011, release date to Jan. 20, 2012, instead. The sequel will still be in 3-D. Len Wiseman, director of the first two Underworld movie, was reported to be returning to direct the fourth in February, with his wife/series lead Kate Beckingsale returning, as well. John Hlavin is writing the screenplay.
Encore reports that Proyas' long-gestating Dracula: Year Zero will shoot next year in Australia with Sam Worthington to star. the news was announced by Universal Pictures managing director Mike Baard at the Australian International Movie Convention, but Baard has since officially retracted his statement.
Worthington's involvement in the project was rumored in January, and, it should be noted, no official announcement has been made by the studio. Worthington is attached to a long list of projects, so it's still best to consider this a rumor at this point.
Dracula: Year Zero was to take a historical look at Vlad the Impaler and how he eventually became known as Dracula. Producer Michael De Luca called the movie a "huge passion project" to Collider in January.
I think vampires are endlessly appropriate candidates for reinvention because there’s something in the DNA in that mythology that appeals to every generation. Every generation owns their own version of the vampire myth. For me growing up because I was a film geek there was a little bit of the Christopher Lee Dracula movies until the Langella movie. For other people it’s Blade. For other people Underworld. For kids now it’s Twilight to the extent that Twilight kind of transcends vampire mythology because it’s also Romeo and Juliet and it’s also any love across the tracks, you know, impossible unattainable object romance that teens really embrace when you’re going through that part of your life. But I think it’s always right for reinvention and I think there’s something in the DNA of that myth that appeals to all demographics. And I think that’s why you can get away with so many different iterations at once.
The deluge of vampire movies and TV shows seems to agree with De Luca's statement. Here's hoping the movie gets the official ok soon.