Vampires, y’all. There’s no escaping them. Be they glittery or leather-clad gunslingers or feral Will Smith-hunters or Ethan Hawke, they are here to stay. Love it or leave it. The newest development is that Scott Kosar has been tapped to rework the script originally written by Charlie Hunnam that tells the story of Vlad the Impaler, who is the inspiration for Stoker’s original character. The film, simply called Vlad, is coming from Summit Pictures via Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, and will be directed by music video director Anthony Mandler.
There’s good news and bad floating around here. Kosar wrote the screenplay for the excellent and strange The Machinist, as well as the upcoming remake The Crazies. Unfortunately, he also wrote the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. Chainsaw was dumb, but not a complete waste. Amityville was a pile of pig pee, however. What makes me more nervous is that it’s supposed to be “action-heavy,” which frequently means “shitty story.” Also, according to Slashfilm, the producers are looking for a 300-like, stylistically and visually impressive film, which means whiz-bang effects, and sometimes also means “total crap.”
Personally, I think it’s an interesting story if they left the supernatural out of it completely. A dude who’s known as “Vlad the Impaler?” There’s some seriously messed up possibilities there without bothering with the vampirism. Either that or just make it straight porno.