Vampire fans may have been disappointed to learn the Dracula origins movie "Vlad" will not have any ties to the historical figure's bloodsucking legacy. But there may be reason for general horror fans to now gain interest in the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Scott Kosar, who previously worked on the remakes of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Amityville Horror," has been brought in to pen a new draft of the 15th century epic.
"Vlad" was originally written by "Sons of Anarchy" actor Charlie Hunnam, who reportedly delivered an action-oriented story. Bringing Kosar on for a rewrite may simply be for minor tweaks given that Hunnam is relatively new at this side of the game, but it's also possible Summit is aiming for something a little creepier than initially envisioned. Kosar also wrote the upcoming remake of George Romero's pseudo zombie classic "The Crazies," as well as the psychological thriller "The Machinist."
The movie will center on Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (now part of Romania), as he defends his dominion from the Ottoman Empire. The ruler had a reputation for horribly sadistic torture and execution methods, earning him the nickname Vlad the Impaler. A depiction of the prince in his own violent lifetime can be seen at the beginning of Francis Ford Coppola's version of "Dracula," which includes a nice wide shot of bodies impaled on spears throughout the landscape.
Hopefully Kosar will end up with a script that examines how the young Dracula came to be such a brutal and ruthless warrior. Might the film treat Vlad like a medieval Leatherface or Trevor Reznick (Christian Bale's disturbed insomniac in "The Machinist")? Can the scribe find an interesting middle ground between an epic action movie and a haunting horror flick? I look forward to finding out.
What do you think of Scott Kosar's involvement? Would you like "Vlad" to be more action-oriented or scary?