Dracula Untold

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Dracula Untold
A man walking away from a large amount of bats
Teaser poster
Directed by Gary Shore
Produced by Michael De Luca
Written by Matt Sazama
Burk Sharpless
Based on Dracula 
by Bram Stoker
Starring Luke Evans
Sarah Gadon
William Houston
Dominic Cooper
Samantha Barks
Ferdinand Kingsley
Charlie Cox
Thor Kristjansson
Music by Ramin Djawadi[1]
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Edited by Richard Pearson
Legendary Pictures
Michael De Luca Productions
Relativity Media
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million[2]

Dracula Untold is an upcoming American action horror film directed by Gary Shore and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless,[3] based on the novel Dracula by Irish novelist Bram Stoker.

Principal photography of the film began on August 5, 2013 in Northern Ireland. Universal Pictures will release the film on October 17, 2014. Universal intends the film to be a reboot of the Universal Monsters franchises.[4]



In 2007, Director Alex Proyas was hired by Universal Pictures to direct the film Dracula: Year Zero.[11] The film was to be produced by Michael De Luca and filmed in Australia.[12] Later, Universal ended the deals with Proyas and Worthington because of the high budget. It was then announced on February 10, 2012 by Deadline.com that Irish director Gary Shore was in talks to direct.[3] Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the script for the new film.[13] On April 25, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Universal Pictures had announced that the film would be released on August 8, 2014.[14] On May 20, 2013, First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness announced that Universal would film Dracula in August in Northern Ireland.[15] On August 29, 2013, Variety reported that Legendary Pictures was considering co-financing the film.[16] Legendary's involvement in production was confirmed in May 2014.[17]


On January 25, 2010, it was announced that Sam Worthington was in negotiations to play Vlad the Impaler, with the film set to release in 2011.[18] Later on August 19, Worthington was confirmed to star in the film.[19] On February 10, 2012, Deadline confirmed that Universal closed the deal with Worthington.[3] On April 8, 2013, actor Luke Evans joined the cast, replacing Worthington to play the role of Vlad the Impaler, the man who would become the mythological bloodsucker Dracula.[5] On May 2, 2013, Sarah Gadon joined the cast to star alongside Evans.[6] On May 8 Variety announced that Dominic Cooper was in talks to join the cast.[7] On July 11, 2013, Zach McGowan also signed on, to play the role of Shkelgim, a gypsy chief.[10] On July 26, Samantha Barks joined the cast to play a character from Eastern European folk tales known as Baba Yaga, a beautiful young woman who transforms into a savage witch.[8] Along with Barks more cast was added, including Charlie Cox, Ferdinand Kingsley, William Houston and Thor Kristjansson; who would play the role of Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now an assassin in the Ottoman Army.[9] Art Parkinson then joined on to play the role of Ingeras, son of Dracula.[9]


On May 20, 2013, Universal confirmed that shooting will take place in Northern Ireland from August to November 2013.[20] The film's shooting officially began on August 5, 2013, starting in Roe Valley Country Park in NI.[21] The production company received permission for two days of shooting, on August 5 and 6, to film scenes in the park.[22] Other location shooting took place throughout Northern Ireland.[23][24]


On April 25, 2013, Universal Pictures announced that the film would be released in theaters on August 8, 2014.[25] It was announced four months later that the film would be postponed until October 3, 2014.[26] The release date was pushed a third time to October 17, 2014.[27]


  1. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score ‘Dracula Untold’". FilmMusicReporter. 11 February 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/welcome-to-lala-land-30108169.html
  3. ^ a b c "Universal Revives ‘Dracula Year Zero’ With Director Gary Shore". deadline.com. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Barsanti, Sam (July 16, 2014). "Universal Is Officially Rebooting Its Monster Movies into an Avengers-style Universe". A. V. Club. 
  5. ^ a b "Luke Evans to Star in Universal's 'Dracula' Reboot". hollywoodreporter.com. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Sarah Gadon Under ‘Dracula’ Spell for Universal". variety.com. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Universal’s ‘Dracula’ Sinks Its Fangs Into Dominic Cooper". variety.com. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "'Les Miserables' star Samantha Barks joins Luke Evans in 'Dracula'". digitalspy.co.uk. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "'Les Miserables,' 'Game of Thrones' Actors Join Universal's 'Dracula'". hollywoodreporter.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Zach McGowan Joins Universal’s ‘Dracula’". deadline.com. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Alex Proyas To Direct Dracula Year Zero". themovieblog.com. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Proyas to direct Universal’s ‘Dracula’ and De Luca to produce Vlad the Impaler tale". variety.com. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Universal Revives ‘Dracula Year Zero’ Without Sam Worthington & Alex Proyas; Gary Shore To Direct". indiewire.com. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Universal Sets Release Date for 'Dracula'". hollywoodreporter.com. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dracula movie from Universal Pictures to be filmed in Northern Ireland". bbc.co.uk. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Graser, Marc and Rachel Abrams (29 August 2013). "'Dracula' Eyed as Legendary's First Film with Universal Pictures". Variety. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Graser, Marc (6 May 2014). "Legendary Backs 'Jurassic World,' Signs TV Deal with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura". Variety. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "'Avatar' star Sam Worthington in talks to play Dracula in new period flick". nydailynews.com. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sam Worthington Confirmed to Star in Alex Proyas’ Dracula: Year Zero". slashfilm.com. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Universal Pictures’ Dracula to film in Northern Ireland". northernirelandscreen.co.uk. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "Dracula filming at Limavady park". u.tv. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Roe Valley Country Park hosts Dracula film". bbc.co.uk. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Roe Valley to feature in new Universal Pictures ‘Dracula Year Zero’ film". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  24. ^ "Hollywood rolls into Limavady for filming of movie ‘Dracula’". derryjournal.com. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  25. ^ "Universal Dates 'Dracula' Origin Pic For August 8, 2014". Deadline Hollywood. April 25, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Universal Shifts ‘Dracula’ to October 2014 Release". Variety. August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Theatrical Movie Schedule Additions and Changes". Box Office Mojo. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 

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