Originally, when Dracula Untold was primed for release there was zero connection to the budding Universal Monsters cinematic universe. However, during reshoots they even shot a scene that could link Luke Evans’ Dracula to future films.
Dracula Untold didn’t do so hot at box office and was critically disaster, earning 23% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not exactly a film you’d think the studio would like to be it’s launching point for a cinematic universe.
Skip to where we are now, I had been hearing for months that the studio had decided to nix the film’s connection to the cinematic universe and were even considering recasting Dracula with another actor.
The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has confirmed one aspect of the rumblings during a recent press event for the trailer’s release via Screen Rant.
2017’s The Mummy, which Kurtzman is directing, has been positioned as the real start of Universal’s rebooted monster-verse for a while now. At the same time though, Kurtzman has remained noncommittal about whether or not Dracula Untold will be part of the same canon as The Mummy and other developing monster films – similar to how Man of Steel served as a prologue to the true launchpad for the DC Extended Universe, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Kurtzman finally provided a concrete answer during the press event for The Mummy‘s trailer debut, saying “No” point-blank when asked if Dracula Untold and his own supernatural horror/adventure film are connected.
Stating that that Untold is not connected to his film, meaning that it’s been seemingly scrubbed from the cinematic universe. If that’s happening then there really isn’t a need to keep Evans around in the role either and allows Universal to go after another actor.
honestly, who would complain if Universal hired Mads Mikkelsen as the new DRACULA? pic.twitter.com/JYwetKAHEy
— Christopher M (@_ChristopherM) July 3, 2016
I had previously mentioned Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale, Doctor Strange, Rogue One) for the part over the summer, as I believe he could actually make a scary Dracula and it’s what you kind of want from a vampire flick.
This casting suggestion seemingly got a little support from cinematic universe screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote The Mummy and is also currently co-writing the Van Helsing reboot.
Currently, there hasn’t been plans to move forward with a new Dracula standalone, but the character could show up in other Universal Monsters films like Van Hesling.
SOURCE: SCREEN RANT