Brad Pitt sinks his teeth into Vlad

Dracula gets his very own origin story...


Clearly worried that there just aren't enough vampire movies around at the moment, Summit Entertainment (aka the folks behind Twilight) have announced that they're developing another bloodsucker script - this time with Brad Pitt producing.

Vlad, written by British actor Charlie Hunnam (currently on screens in Sons of Anarchy in the US; previously on screens in Queer as Folk in the UK), tells of the life of Dracula before he was famous, back when he was simply known as Prince Vlad.

Details are a little sketchy, but we reckon by the end of the movie we'll get to see how he earned his fancy nickname 'Vlad the Impaler' and what prompted him to start sucking blood and talking in an outrageous Transylvanian accent.

Either that or the film might take a more serious historical angle - Vlad the Impaler was, after all, a real person, and with so much bad press over the years he's probably ripe for a biopic, if only so everybody knows the real guy behind Bram Stoker's iconic 1897 novel.

Speaking for ourselves, we don't care as long as he sports this awesome 'tache...

Summit are currently negotiating with acclaimed music video director Anthony Mandler to helm the film. We have no news yet on whether Vlad will spend the movie sulking over a moody high school girl or even if he'll sparkle, but we'll keep you posted.

Do you think Vlad is one vampire flick too many? Or are you pleased the daddy of all vampires is finally getting a look-in after 1992's Gary Oldman-starring hamfest? Leave your missives below...


[Source: Heat Vision Blog]


    • vio1959

      Dec 7th 2009, 9:40

      i think it"s buls**t,i"m romanian as vlad and all this stories are completely history vlad was a very good leader,strong and FAIR,NOT a vampire...beggining with stoker all about dracula is stupid.waiting for the film and its enormities...

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    • agentblackacid

      Dec 7th 2009, 13:01

      Are we referring to the same Vlad the Impaler here? And by 'very good leader, strong and fair' are you referring to the fact that he used to murder and torture men women and children by driving a long stake up their rectums, raise the pole to an upright position and watch them slowly slide down it rupturing all their internal organs in a slow painful death whilst he sat feasting as a form of entertainment? You probably think the Nazi's were 'misunderstood'

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    • MrFioreous

      Dec 7th 2009, 15:55

      The thing with Vlad is, he was a great Leader, strong and fair, to his own people. To everyone else he was a savage. Both sides had a point...

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    • agentblackacid

      Dec 7th 2009, 16:31

      "The atrocities committed by Vlad in the German stories include impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the flesh of their friends or relatives, cutting off limbs, and drowning. All of these punishments mainly came from things people did that displeased Vlad the most; stealing, lying, and adulterous relations. Other methods of punishment included skinning the feet of thieves, then putting salt on them and letting goats lick off the salt. This was a way that Vlad kept his people in order and taught them that stealing would not be tolerated in his lands. No exceptions were made: he punished anyone who broke his laws, whether men or women, no matter the age, religion or social class" We all have our own opinions but I don't think you'll find any of the above next to the definition of 'strong' or 'fair' in any dictionary.

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    • PvtRafterman

      Dec 7th 2009, 18:23

      Great story, lets see 300 II

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    • durden

      Dec 7th 2009, 18:57

      wow...i thought i was the only romanian reading TF... :P anyway,i'm sure that the things we learned about Vlad Tepes(that's is full name) in romanian history books are somewhat different from what foreigners have learned about him...whether he was a leader loyal to his people or a brutal savage,we will never know... i just hope this movie isn't another brainless blockbuster and will be as historically acurrate as possible...

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 7th 2009, 19:03

      would love to see a movie about Vlad The Impaler just not made by a music video director or have the Twilight company behind it.

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    • annunziato

      Dec 7th 2009, 21:01

      plenty of space for another vampire movie as, whilst there are alot about, you could count on one hand how many are actually any good. Here's hoping that this has a decent story and is well told.

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    • yosarian25

      Dec 8th 2009, 1:24

      Hey agentblackacid, maybe the nazis were misunderstood. Not all of them could possibly have been evil. Maybe a few bad nazis ruined it for the rest of them. Don't be so nazi-ist. I would look forward to this. If it were handled right it could be better than Mongol. It is a great story, no matter what direction you take it, evil or not. I really like Hunnam as an actor. I thought that he was one of the best young british actors coming up and then he seemed to disappear. I hope he did a good job on the script and I hope he does well. Also, I think the picture of Vlad looks quite like Robert Carlyle, who mightn't be a bad choice for the role.

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    • blackrainpr

      Dec 15th 2009, 14:47

      i think it would be cool, about getting the history right doubt it. The americans like to make there own perspective :( it's sad But hey money is money. Nowadays movie producers are just going for the money. and it's sad :( jejeje

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