• Luke Evans (The Raven, Immortals, Clash Of The Titans) will play the title character in Dracula (née Dracula Year Zero), Universal’s new “origin story” for fiction’s most famous bloodsucker. The film will weave vampire mythology with the true history of Vlad the Impaler, depicting Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war. Gary Shore is attached to make his directorial debut. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
• Summit Entertainment has hired Terra Nova writer Barbara Marshall to adapt Exorcism Diaries, based on the book The Real Story Behind the Exorcist: A Study of the Haunted Boy and Other True-Life Horror Legends from Around the Nation’s Capital (can’t see why they want to change the title, can you?). [via Deadline]
• Deadline is suggesting that Beauty And The Beast – which hasn’t been gaining impressive audience in the States – will be given a second series, partly because it has a strong online performance on Hulu.
• Lionsgate has moved the release date of I, Frankenstein from 13 September 2013 to 24 January 2014. “The film’s franchise potential, given its large scale premise, setting and creative elements are perfectly aligned with the 3D experience and the studio wants to put forth the best version of the film possible to audiences,” says an official press release. The film stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam, aka Frankenstein’s monster, who finds himself amidst a supernatural war in a Gothic city. Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) also star. [via Coming Soon]
• A not-so-naughty trailer for Kick-Ass 2.