Could we see the vampire prince return to his realm? Rumours of a Luke Evans’ Dracula Untold 2 movie (a sequel to the 2014 film) have been stirring.
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It might not have been the story everyone was expecting to see, but that may be the reason why 2014’s Dracula Untold has garnered so many fans, despite its disastrous box-office performance. The movie quickly became an unlikely cult classic in modern horror, and it served as a great starting point for what was supposed to be the biggest horror cinematic universe the world has ever seen, Universal’s Dark Universe (featuring classic monsters like Frankenstein’s Monster and the Invisible Man). Isn’t it time for a sequel, Dracula Untold 2?
Despite its failure at the box office, the movie got an unexpected boost in its popularity when it arrived on Netflix. Streaming has a way of reinvigorating franchises like no other form of media distribution can, and fans of the misunderstood action/horror film are already demanding the streaming giant to give the rumoured Dracula Untold sequel a chance. Will we be seeing gothic horror’s favourite monster on screen again?
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Retelling the Story
Part of the charm of the first movie was its approach to Dracula as a much more tragic character. This seems to be a common trend in what remains of the Dark Universe, as the same thing happened to Tom Cruise’s The Mummy. Many people know about the Romanian warlord that inspired the origin story of the title monster, Vlad the Impaler, but this was the first time that the story was told in a way that garnered some sympathy for why a man might have made the decisions that he did. What would drive him to take the blood of his own wife, Sarah Gadon’s Mirena, and complete the transformation into one of horror’s classic monsters?
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The story stayed pretty close to the tale of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with even the famed Renfield making an appearance as a helper and confidant to Luke Evans’ Dracula with a changed name to Shkelgim. Although Dracula never really told the story of how the creature of the night came to be, it’s possible that Luke Evans’ return in a sequel might show a more modern take on the typical story. If you read the book, however, you will see where Count Dracula talks about his history and the history of his family, which mentions being great warriors in the war against the Ottomans, which ties in with the main character’s experience in a war against Sultan Mehmed II, and the parent’s decision not to give up Vlad’s son (portrayed by Art Parkinson).
Dracula then turned many of his fallen soldiers, including Diarmaid Murtagh’s Dumitru, who gave his life for his ruler and to protect his wife and son. Using them to win the war, Dracula then had to come to terms with the evil he had unleashed into the world with his decision to raise these monsters.
What we got in the end was not always what it was planned to be. In fact, even the name wasn’t the same. The original title was Dracula: Year Zero, with Alex Proyas attached to direct and Sam Worthington (Avatar) set to be one of the leading actors. Unfortunately, it was decided that this version was not the future of the dark universe (that and budget issues), and it was later reworked, and the studio went in for a second bite.
Die-hard fans of Universal’s failed horror cinematic universe might already know that Dracula Untold changed its original ending to serve as the starting point for the Dark Universe. In the new finale, we see Luke Evans’ Dracula and Charles Dance’s Master Vampire in the modern world, the streets of London, in what we suppose would be the setting for Dracula Untold 2. Ending on an appropriate cliffhanger to usher in the newer version, it was set up to be followed by a sequel.
“Dracula” is a pretty big name when it comes to horror film history, especially for Universal. That’s why seeing the 2014 film failing to garner the expected hype was such an ill omen for the rest of the Dark Universe. After The Mummy and the cancellation of the Dark Universe, the idea of a Dracula Untold sequel and a continuation of the Dracula story seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream. That is until things changed radically in 2021 when Dracula awakened from his slumber — on Netflix.
As it was, there were rumours of a Dracula Untold sequel that would bring back the classic characters, when it was announced in 2020 that there would be another Dracula film from director Karyn Kusama after his great success with Invisible Man starring Elisabeth Moss.
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New Life On Netflix
In early 2021, rumours of a Dracula Untold sequel began to resurface after the film became the most-watched feature on Netflix on the week of its debut on the streaming platform. For some fans, the movie was finally getting the recognition it deserved, while it now reached a much larger audience that was getting recommended a movie that everyone thought was unwatchable — and one that is really not as bad as its worst critics say.
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Could a Dracula Untold 2 be on the horizon for the streaming giant? That might be unlikely — at the moment, at least. Perhaps the best chance we’ll ever get for a Dracula Untold sequel comes from the fact that Universal has officially expunged the film from the failed Dark Universe.
Now that the franchise has no relation to the rest of the cancelled cinematic universe, a Dracula Untold 2 doesn’t sound all that unlikely, that is if Legendary Pictures can somehow acquire the film’s rights from Universal.
Since Universal distributed the original flick, any possible Dracula Untold sequel would have to be released on Peacock, since Universal has agreed to release all of its future films exclusively on said platform. Despite the warm fan reception that Dracula Untold garnered in its stay on Netflix, it seems like the dreams for a continuation to this Dracula story have got a stake directly in its heart.
For now, fans can watch the original Dracula Untold on Netflix, as the movie remains available to stream on many territories. If you’ve never watched the flick, definitely give it a chance: at least it’s not as dull as The Mummy (to no fault of The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman), and that’s saying a lot.
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Is Dracula Untold Part 2 coming out?
There has been no official announcement regarding the release of Dracula Untold Part 2. While the film ended on a cliffhanger, suggesting that there could be a sequel, plans for a follow-up have been put on hold indefinitely. After the film’s release, Universal Pictures decided to reboot their classic monster franchise, and Dracula Untold was retroactively made non-canon. The studio instead released The Mummy in 2017, which was intended to launch a new shared universe of monster movies known as the Dark Universe. However, after The Mummy was also poorly received, plans for the Dark Universe were scrapped, and Universal decided to take a more individualized approach to their monster movies.
Why is there no Dracula Untold 2?
The lack of a Dracula Untold sequel can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the film’s mixed reviews and its lackluster box office performance. Dracula Untold grossed $217 million worldwide, which was below expectations given its $70 million budget. Additionally, the film’s status as a non-canon entry in the Universal Monsters franchise made it unlikely that Universal would continue the story. The studio also decided to shift its focus to individualized monster movies rather than a shared universe after the failure of The Mummy.
Who was the first vampire?
The origins of the vampire myth can be traced back to ancient folklore from various cultures, such as the Mesopotamian demon Lilitu, the Greek Lamia, and the Indian Baital. However, the modern concept of the vampire is most commonly associated with the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, published in 1897. Stoker’s novel popularized the idea of the vampire as a charismatic, immortal creature that feeds on the blood of the living, and it has influenced countless works of fiction and popular culture since its publication.
Who is Vlad’s son in Dracula Untold?
In the film Dracula Untold, Vlad’s son is named Ingeras and is played by actor Art Parkinson. Ingeras is taken hostage by the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II, who threatens to kill him unless Vlad surrenders his kingdom. Vlad turns to dark forces to gain the power to defeat Mehmed and protect his son, but the cost of his actions has dire consequences for his family and his people.
Tell us, do you want a Dracula Untold 2 and what would you like to see in the sequel?