The Vampire Who Started it All Gets a Movie

December 7, 2009

Ever heard of Vlad the Impaler? He's best known in the states as Count Dracula, the vampire who begat all other vampires. If it weren't for him we wouldn't have Twilight, which isn't necessarily something to brag about. But now Vlad is getting his own movie, and Brad Pitt wants a piece of it.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Pitt is going to produce the movie (no word on whether or not he might play Vlad) with his Plan B Entertainment production company. Not surprisingly, Summit Entertainment, the company behind Twilight, is putting this thing together:

The company has picked up Vlad, a script by actor Charlie Hunnam, and is in negotiations with music video and photographer Anthony Mandler to direct the project. ...Vlad centers on Dracula as a young prince; he is known to history as Vlad the Impaler, the man behind the Dracula myth.

Anthony Mandler has directed lots of music videos for Rihanna, and has also directed videos for Eminem and The Killers.

So is this Summit's response to all the tween girls who love Twilight or is their attempt to tap into the male fanbase that's rabidly anti-Twilight? And, more importantly, will this have all the violence, horror, and action that Twilight so thoroughly lacks?

However this thing goes down, it's probably safe to say that the marketplace is about as glutted with vampire fare as it's ever been. Vlad is going to have to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to distinguish itself from all the other movies, shows, and books that already have made a hefty profit.

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