In 2014, Universal Studios released Dracula Untold. It was supposed to be a radical new take on the character, combining the mythology created by Bram Stoker with the real history of Vlad Tepes III, Prince of Wallachia, the real-life inspiration for Dracula also called Vlad the Impaler. The film was supposed to be huge for Universal, a big, ambitious remake of one of their classic films, but it ended up making a less than impressive $200 million at the worldwide box office, barely breaking even once marketing and distribution were taken into account. Dracula Untold had one last chance at redemption, but now even that’s been taken away, it’s not a part of the planned Universal Monsters Shared Universe after all. (more…)
As it stands, we have Marvel and Disney making lucrative business with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox have the lucrative X-men to branch out on (recently announced Deadpool movie) and Sony have Spiderman (however, things aren’t looking too hot business wise with that franchise as Venom has been cancelled). So it’s only natural that Universal were planning on expanding their Monster Movie Universe. But here’s the kicker, the past couple of movies have performed rather poorly at the box office. The original monster movies’ are what Universal studios were built on. With the success of movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisiable Man, Dracula and The Mummy that originated from the 1930s, helping Universal become the mammoth studio it is today. However, it seems like Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has conceded defeat. (more…)
Since everything old is new again in modern Hollywood, it’s almost shocking that no one’s had this idea. I mean lately. After butchering the Granddaddy of vampires in Dracula Untold, at least that’s the consensus of Rotten Tomatoes, writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are taking on a reboot of Lost in Space for Legendary TV. The space age take on Johann David Wyss’ Swiss Family Robinson was a hit for three seasons in the 60s and has remained active in the pop culture memory in the nearly 50 years since. Despite numerous attempts to revisit the story, the magic of the original has never been re-captured, but like the old saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed…” (more…)
JJ Murphy, who recently took on the role of Ser Denys Mallister in the hit television show ‘Game Of Thrones’ has passed away at age 86. In the books, the character of Ser Denys has commanded the Shadow Tower of the Night’s Watch for 33 years and is a candidate for Lord Commander. He is the eldest living crow and Murphy was expected to shoot more scenes in the role for season 5 of the smash HBO series. The actor’s other film credits include ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and 2014’s ‘Dracula Untold.’ The latter film is a big budget project shot in Northern Ireland, in which Murphy played a “village elder.” More inside about the late actor and on what ‘Game Of Thrones’ plans to do with the character of Mallister. (more…)
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Dracula is known as one of the baddest, scariest, meanest dudes on the block. But was he always that way?
That’s what the new movie Dracula Untold is setting out to explore. Starring Luke Evans, the film will be about a young prince named Vlad, who tries to defend his family and his name but ends up becoming the Dracula we have feared and talked about for ages. He wasn’t always such bad guy. He wasn’t always a smooth-talking, blood-sucking, cape-wearing monster.
Actually, if this new poster for the film is proof, maybe he was always wearing a cape. (more…)