Hollywood is no stranger to ironies. After making buckets of dollars with bringing the Twilight series on screens, to the delight of hormone bouncing teenagers, Summit Entertainment teams up with Brad Pitt for a movie on…Dracula.
This time, the Dracula in question is the real historical character, the one who actually wasn’t a vampire, you know. So it would be quite a poetic justice, coming from a studio specializing on vampires and an actor who was brought to fame with a blood-sucking part.
So, while Summit is developing comic books and Houdini franchises, they’re also making sure they have another immortal in their stable. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit has optioned a script by actor-turned-writer Charlie Hunnam that tells the story of the young Vlad Tepes. Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing, and they’re in negotiations with Anthony Mandler to direct. This would be Mandler’s directorial debut, and he reportedly wowed them with a sizzle reel reminiscent of 300.
The film is said to be “an action oriented take” but Vlad’s military record is completely wrapped up the thousands upon thousands of people he had dismembered and impaled. You don’t make a film about Vlad Tepes unless you are going to revel in that sort of thing. Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, more commonly known as the Impaler ruled the country mainly from 1456 to 1462. Historically Vlad is best known for his independent policy towards the Ottoman Empire, the expansionism of which he resisted and for the exceedingly cruel punishment he imposed.His Romanian surname Dracula (also spelled “Draculea”, “Drakulya”), which Vlad was referred to in several documents, means “Son of the dragon” and points to his father, Vlad Dracul, who received that moniker from his subjects because he had joined the Order of the Dragon. Dracul, derived from the Latin word Draco meant “dragon”, though in modern Romanian it means “devil”. When he came to power Vlad ruled with the intent to gain vengeance on the boyars for killing his father and eldest brother. Though Vlad took nearly a decade to do so, he fulfilled this vow, completing the task on an Easter Sunday around 1457. Throughout his reign, Vlad systematically eradicated the old boyar class of Wallachia. The old boyars had repeatedly undermined the power of the prince during previous reigns and had been responsible for the violent overthrow of several princes. In place of the executed boyars,
Vlad the Impaler’s reputation was considerably darker in Western Europe than in Eastern Europe and Romania. In the West, Vlad III Tepes has been characterized as a tyrant who took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies. The number of his victims ranges from 40,000 to 100,000.