Earlier this week we reported that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam's first script, entitled Vlad was being developed by Summit Entertainment, for Anthony Handler to direct. Now Entertainment Weekly has spoken to Hunnam, who offered more details about his first screenplay - including the news that the film will not revolve around vampires.
As the script stands now, we don't touch on vampirism. That was my one non-negotiable area when we were developing it, and thankfully, nobody suggested that we should delve into it at the end. But you can clearly see the things that Bram Stoker took.... Vlad was such a brutal man, and the trick is to make him sympathetic. That was the challenge, and if we've succeeded in any way in this script, I truly believe that it's genuinely making him sympathetic.
The true story of Vlad Dracula, known best by the brutal nickname Vlad the Impaler, a 15th Century warrior who fought against the reign of the Ottoman Empire, was used as the name basis for Bram Stoker's original Dracula novel, but Hunnam's take will center on the real Vlad's story. He also offered some tidbits on who he'd like to see as the title character.
As I was writing it, I vacillated between thinking about myself playing the role as a fantasy [laughs], and Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. Particularly Farrell. There's something very roguish and bad boy about Vlad, and I know Colin a little bit, and I think he has some of the characteristics that would be essential for playing this guy.
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