Alex Proyas is in place to direct Universal's bloodsucking origin tale "Dracula Year Zero."
Produced by Michael DeLuca, "Dracula Year One" focuses, as one might guess, on the occasionally vicious Romanian ruler who inspired Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
The project was scripted by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless and delves into the dark twists taken by Vlad the Impaler as he attempted to save his kingdom from the Turks.
Variety notes that Dracula and his historical roots are all the rage in Hollywood these days. Brad Caleb Kane is adapting the bestseller "The Historian" at Sony, while Sylvain White ("Stomp the Yard") is attached to Rogue's long-gestating "Castlevania" film.
While his two most recent films are the smash hit "I, Robot" and the rock-n-roll comedy "Garage Days," Proyas earned his bona fides on 1994's "The Crow" and 1998's critically adored, commercially ignored "Dark City."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times