How good is Alex Proyas? He made I, Robot a pretty good movie in spite of massive interference from Will Smith who wanted to turn it into a robotic version of Men in Black. But even if he hadnít managed that, heís still the guy who directed The Crow and one of the best science fiction films ever made, period, in Dark City. Heís a bona fide genre master, and Iíd happily follow him to Shell Beach or just about anywhere else he wants to go.
So, the next Alex Proyas masterpiece will be... an un-needed Dracula prequel??? Oh screw me. It seems where he wants to go is into the world of the blood-sucking undead. Variety says Proyas will direct Dracula Year Zero for Universal Pictures. The movie is not another guy turns into a bat and sucks on your neck flick, instead itís rumored to be about the Romanian royalty who inspired Bram Stokerís classic Dracula novel in the first place.
Proyasís movie is about the vampire head honcho when heís at the height of his power as Vlad the Impaler. This isnít the withered old man weíre now used to. The last thing we need is another Dracula movie, and definitely not another damn prequel which seeks to demystify some iconic and deeply creepy cinematic villain. Weíve had just about enough of that lately. But Proyas has earned some respect, and itís worth giving him a chance.
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