The origin pic Dracula: Year Zero had been set for an August 8, 2014 release but is now being shifted back to October 3, 2014, Universal Pictures said today. The news comes a day after it was learned the studio and new producer-financing partner Legendary Entertainment were in talks to have Thomas Tull’s company come aboard the genre pic — it would be the first project for Legendary at Uni since their wide-ranging tie-up was sealed in July. Luke Evans stars in the story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore is directing and Michael De Luca is producing. Delaying the release of the pic would make sense if Legendary was coming aboard, as it might need more time to put its stamp on the movie.
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Meanwhile, Universal also said it will release the comedy Search Party on September 12, 2014. Writer Scot Armstrong (Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover: Part II) makes his directorial debut in the story of a man (Thomas Middleditch) who in 24 hours goes from standing at the altar next to the love of his life to shivering in just a pair of gold leggings in the Mexican desert. The only men who can save him are his best friends (TJ Miller, Adam Pally).
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.