Universal and its new co-production/co-finance partner Legendary Entertainment are in serious discussions about Thomas Tull’s company coming aboard Dracula: Year Zero, the origin pic that has Gary Shore aboard to direct and Luke Evans starring as the immortal bloodsucker from Bram Stoker’s iconic novel. It would be Legendary’s first project since the Batman-Hangover-Pacific Rim-Godzilla producer-financier inked a wide-ranging deal in July with NBCUniversal after leaving longtime home Warner Bros. Tull’s company made its name at Warners with big-budget genre fare, so Dracula seems a good fit. Universal has already set an August 8, 2014 release date for the bloodsucker pic so there’s little time to waste. Dominic Cooper and Zach McGowan star in the movie, which Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote and Michael De Luca and Alissa Phillips are producing. Variety first reported the talks. Before its current incarnation, the Dracula project was close to a production start with Sam Worthington starring and Alex Proyas directing, only to see Universal close the coffin because the budget was too high. Proyas eventually left to direct Paradise Lost, which had its plug pulled coincidentally by Legendary Pictures over high costs.

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