Universal Pictures has picked up the spec script for Dracula Year Zero.

Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the script chronicles the epic origin of Dracula, weaving vampire mythology with the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler. The Hollywood Reporter adds it depicts Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war, repositioning him more as a vengeful hero than the monster seen in Bram Stoker's classic novel.

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There's no production schedule yet for Dracula Year Zero.