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Sam Worthington Rumored to Star in Dracula Year Zero

New Australian superstar Sam Worthington, who starred in last year’s hit movies ‘Avatar’ and ‘Terminator: Salvation,’ has reportedly signed on to star as Vlad the Impaler in Universal Picture’s new film ‘Dracula: Year Zero.’ reported on January 25 that Universal is being pressured by Comcast, which in December 2009 bought a 51 percent controlling stake in NBC Universal, to release at least eight movies next year, and ‘Dracula’ is on the fast track to be one of them.

Universal reportedly has up to 14 projects in the works, but has yet to finalize which will continue ahead into development. Many of these already have scripts, actors and directors, including ‘Dracula,’ which will be directed by Alex Proyas, who also directed last year’s ‘Knowing’ and 2004’s ‘I, Robot.’ ‘Dracula’ also reportedly has a $100 million budget.

‘Dracula’ will be an origin tale, telling the story of the Romanian royal who inspired Bram Stoker’s vampire tale. It will also radically detail how Vlad become the famous character. Proyas described the script, which was written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, as “an interesting and original take on this character. It’s all about how Vlad of Transylvania became this creature; the choices that he made to make him into this tragic character. It’s so intriguing to me, to approach this as a character study on a huge, epic canvas.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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