The amazing thing about the Twilight franchise is how it’s spawned so many more movies about vampires set in all sorts of wacky situations. You want vampires with Southern accents, then watch “True Blood.” You want vampire zombies, then look no further than the upcoming Daybreakers. A high-school girl torn between two vampires? Check out The CW’s “Vampire Diaries.” College kids partying with vampires? Check out Transylmania! Man: I can’t wait for the remake of DC Cab with vampires!
You know what’d be cool, though? A vampire movie where vampires actually act like fucking vampires! I doubt that this will be that movie, but Summit Entertainment — hopped up on the success of Twilight — is dipping their pen back into the well and stabbing it into our eyes with Vlad, something of a Dracula remake which focuses on Dracula while he was still the young prince, Vlad.
There is some decent talent attached, thankfully: Charlie Hunnam, the watered-down British version of Heath Ledger (see: “Undeclared”) penned the script, which is being developed by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company. (Hunnam is also a cast member on “Sons of Anarchy,” which I haven’t seen, which I only mention to elicit your bitchery.) Music video director Anthony Mandler (“Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood”) is in negotiation to direct, though no cast is yet in place. It’s expected to be stylistically similar to 300, because if it’s not in 3D, then Hollywood mandates that it be in the style of 300 (bonus points if it’s both).
It’s a fairly interesting concept, which I suppose could be done well. Brad Pitt’s involvement is encouraging, though Summit’s is not, particularly. Maybe they’ll rewrite the vampire mythology in order to better suit their Twilight needs. Maybe Prince Vlad liked to bathe in glitter.