Ever the popular thing to do, another comic book adaptation in the works is Dead of Night, a movie version of the Italian horror comic Dylan Dog, originally published in the mid-’80s. If you are an avid Screen Rant reader, you might not have heard of this adaptation (because we haven’t covered it until this point) – just so you know, it’s one that’s apparently been in the works for a little while now. Brandon Routh has already been cast in the lead role of Dylan, and Sam Huntington has been cast as his sidekick.
The film is said to contain all manner of beasts, including vampires, zombies and werewolves. With (from what I can gather), a particular emphasis on the vampire angle. As mentioned above Routh and Huntington have already been cast some time ago, but today the leader of the vampires we will see has been cast: Taye Diggs.
For those of you who can’t place him from his picture above or from his name, you may remember him from such films as Equilibrium, Chicago and Basic, and he still graces our TV screens in Private Practice. The makeup effects that will turn him into a bloodsucking vampire will be handled by Drac Studios. Don’t know the name? They just happened to do the amazing special effects makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and that other little film called Watchmen… you may have heard of it…
Just for your information, this isn’t the first time a film has been made based on this original comic book. Back in 1994, Italian director Michele Soavi made a film called Dellamorte Dellamore (known abroad as Cemetery Man or Of Death and Love), which was based on a work by Tiziano Sclavi’s who created the Dylan Dog comic series.
Oh, and in case you’re interested in reading the original comics and are not fluent in Italian, American Publisher Dark Horse Comics published seven English language volumes between 1999 and 2002, with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola drawing the artwork for the covers.
Yeah, I bet that has your interest a bit more, eh?…
It’s strange that I’ve never heard of this project – I’m not a die hard comic book reader (I’ve dabbled, but only somewhat), so I can understand not having heard of it when it was just in that form. But I find it peculiar that it never caught my eye when it was originally announced, not least because Superman himself, Brandon Routh, has been cast not just in a cameo role but in the lead.
However, reading some details about it there are two things that instantly have my interest: That it will contains vampires, zombies and werewolves, and that the special effects makeup is being done by Drac Studios. What they did with Benjamin Button was downright mind boggling – an amazing, technical feat to come up with what they did – and what they contributed to Watchmen was just one of the awesome aspects of it (the more I think about that movie, the more I love it).
I wonder if this will get a significant budget (at least for its type), or whether they will go the low budget route and make the best of the little they get to spend on it (see Evil Dead and From Dusk Till Dawn as just a couple of examples). I’m sure I’m not alone in being surprised at Routh starring in the lead, especially considering he was freakin’ Superman a couple of years ago. This will undoubtedly be a much smaller film than Superman Returns was, so it’ll be interesting to see if we can accept him in a smaller role when not that long ago we were introduced to him as the Man of Steel.
I am kind of mixed on Taye Diggs – he’s certainly got a fair bit of charm and charisma about him, but his performances have not been spectacular so far. He’s not the worst actor in the world (although his laughable turn in Equilibrium would have ruined the movie if he was in it anymore than he was), but he definitely wouldn’t be my first choice if I was casting for the leader of a group of vampires. Someone who immediately springs to mind is Danny Houston – he was absolutely spectacular as the vampire leader in 30 Days of Night, and since that was also a comic book adaptation, I would see no problem with just bringing him back to play a vampire again in another film.
Although we’ll have to wait for more to come out about this one, for now I remain intrigued as to how it will turn out. Just remember Hyde Park and Platinum Studios (who are producing the film) – we’re talking about vampires, zombies and werewolves in the same movie… don’t screw this up!
So is there any fans of the original comic book series Dylan Dog out there? And what do you think of a movie version of it, including Taye Diggs playing the leader of the vampires?
Dead of Night is expected to be released sometime next year, but no official date has been set as of yet.