Alex Proyas teases us with his proposed Dracula and Tripods

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Director Alex Proyas (Dark City) told that he's still developing a movie based on John Christopher's The Tripods, as well as a prequel Dracula film.

"I'm working on a bunch of different things, and the two projects I'm excited about are an adaptation of John Christopher's The Tripod stories that I've co-written with Stuart Hazeldine, who is one of our writers on Knowing, and the Dracula project," the Australian filmmaker told the site. "Both are very exciting projects, but at this stage we're still in the budgeting process for both, so I can't really tell you much more than that."

Proyas added that he was intrigued by the Dracula script, Dracula Year Zero. "The reason I got excited about the project is I read a particular script that puts the whole legend on its head in every conceivable way and comes out with something that is both a kind of an ode to Bram Stoker's original Dracula, in that it's kind of a prequel to that, but it also redefines the character to such an extent that I found it quite exciting, so that is very much a kind of reinvention of that character, and it's why I got excited about it," he said.

Proyas' sci-fi movie Knowing opens March 20.