The vampire movie craze continues with Dracula Year Zero and Vlad

By Lauren Flanagan at the Examiner
Sick of the vampire craze yet? I certainly hope not, because despite the recent onslaught of vampire themed movies and television shows, there’s a whole lot more coming our way – and I don’t mean the next installment of the Twilight series.

As mentioned earlier, the new Sam Worthington project Dracula Year Zero is currently in the works. It will apparently be a retelling of the famous vampire story and has a rumored budget of 100 million dollars.

Then there’s Vlad, an upcoming film by Summit Entertainment that will examine the early years of Vlad the Impaler (the original inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula). The film has been in the works for a while now, but news is now coming from The Hollywood Reporter that film scribe Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, The Machinist, The Crazies) has been brought in to work on the script (originally written by actor Charlie Hunnam).

The movie is said to be an “action-oriented look at Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler, as a young prince.”

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Kate Beckinsale Returns to Underworld, But How Much of Her Will Fans See?

By Sara Cardace at AMC
It’s been said (by, er, us) that 2010 is the year of the werewolf. Though The Wolfman didn’t exactly dominate the box office this past weekend, all signs indicate that those pesky monsters are still on the minds of Hollywood execs. Case in point: Underworld 4.

If you gave up on the Underworld franchise after the first installment (and, let’s face it, some of us did), it bears remembering that, after Underworld and its 2006 sequel, Underworld: Evolution, proved that Kate Beckinsale could put butts in seats, directors Len Wiseman and Patrick Tatopoulos made the odd decision to film a prequel, sans Beckinsale, dubbed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, starring Rhona Mitra. How did the fledgling franchise’s fans react to the Beckinsale-free flick? I’m sure you can guess.

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James Cameron involved with Spider-Man reboot … sort of

By Patrick Lee at Sci Fi Wire
We know that Avatar director James Cameron once had his own ideas for a
Spider-Man movie, but it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Oscar winner may be a part of the upcoming reboot movie.

Sort of.

MTV reports that Cameron and his Avatar producer Jon Landau met with Spider-Man reboot director Marc Webb.

Not about story points, though: about the technology they used to create Avatar‘s 3-D visual effects:

“Last [week] we met the director of [the next ‘Spider-Man’ film],” Cameron’s producing partner Jon Landau revealed to us when he stopped by the MTV studio, explaining that the “Avatar” filmmaker and Spider-Man’s new gatekeeper compared notes Wednesday evening. “[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow to Team Up With Kate Winslet in ‘Contagion’

via Ace Show Biz
Another top-notch star has been added to the cast ensemble for “Contagion”. According to The Playlist, Gwyneth Paltrow has officially signed on to star in the Steven Soderbergh-directed flick. She will join Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard who have previously been on board with the project.

There has been no word on what roles that will be played by those actors and actresses, but the film’s story is said to take place over four continents and center on the outbreak of a deadly virus. Scott Z. Burns writes the script for the sci-fi thriller which shooting is planned to start this fall.

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New Cthulhu Comedy Sneaking Into Theaters This Year

By Annalee Newitz at io9

Though one rarely associates Lovecraft with slapstick humor, that’s what you’ll get in a new horror-comedy about the last living relative of the pulp writer who invented Cthulhu. The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is coming to theaters this year.

According to Shock til You Drop:

Dark Sky Films has acquired The Last Lovecraft: Relic Of Cthulhu, directed by Henry Saine . . . Dark Sky is looking to roll the film out through a limited theatrical run later this year.

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I thought I heard somewhere that Vlad wasn’t going to be a vampire movie, but about the actual Vlad the Impaler. And I’d love to see the Cthulhu movie.

What do you think of the movie news today?