The origin pic Dracula: Year Zero had been set for an August 8, 2014 release but is now being shifted back to October 3, 2014, Universal Pictures said today. The news comes a day after it was learned the studio and new producer-financing partner Legendary Entertainment were in talks to have Thomas Tull’s company come aboard the genre pic — it would be the first project for Legendary at Uni since their wide-ranging tie-up was sealed in July. Luke Evans stars in the story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore is directing and Michael De Luca is producing. Delaying the release of the pic would make sense if Legendary was coming aboard, as it might need more time to put its stamp on the movie.
Meanwhile, Universal also said it will release the comedy Search Party on September 12, 2014. Writer Scot Armstrong (Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover: Part II) makes his directorial debut in the story of a man (Thomas Middleditch) who in 24 hours goes from standing at the altar next to the love of his life to shivering in just a pair of gold leggings in the Mexican desert. The only men who can save him are his best friends (TJ Miller, Adam Pally).