Carpenter & Swank Take A Trip To Fangland

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

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Late last year we brought you the news that horror legend John Carpenter was eyeing directing duties on the horror film Fangland. When we didn’t hear anything else about the film we presumed that it had gone the way of most projects that Carpenter has been attached to over the past decade and vanished into thin air.

Well, we are happy to announce that Carpenter has now signed on to direct the vampire picture which is set to star Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Fangland, which will be produced by Sriram Das and Blumhouse Productions, is based on a 2008 novel by John Marks. It follows television producer Evangeline Harker (Swank) as she travels to Transylvania and meets an arms dealer who is a modern day Dracula.

Apparently “she delivers more than a story when mysterious e-mails, coffins and a creepy guy named Torgu descend on the New York office.”

I’ve said this a million times (there’s very little hyperbole in that) but Carpenter hasn’t made enough films over the last decade – his last big screen effort was 2001’s Ghosts of Mars, while his next will be The Ward with Amber Heard is out in September. Carpenter must have enjoyed his stay in The Ward as he’s now displaying a renewed interest in directing. He was previously attached to Riot (or Scared Straight) which was set to star Nicolas Cage, but that film fell apart in preproduction.

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Vampires are big business at the box office at the moment, and it would be good to see Carpenter deliver a solid hit and reignite his career. However, it’s not like the director is hurting for a buck, as he must have earned a pretty penny from the remakes of his back catalogue, which include The Fog, Halloween and the forthcoming The Thing.

Keep reading Screen Rant to learn more about The Ward and Fangland.

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  1. hooray,yet “another” vampire movie.*insert sarcasm liberally*

    Sorry,but Carpenter hasn’t done anything good since Big Trouble In Little China.

    • Are you dissing Carpenter?
      While he hasn’t made anything good in quite a while, Carpenter is one of my favourite directors because he seldom makes boring movies.
      Even the ones like “They Live”, bad as it is, is still highly entertaining.

      • That was the point Loingshanks was making, no good movies for a long time DOH

  2. Isnt Twilight enough?!

    • If you think Carpenter, the man who brought us The Thing, will direct a movie that even slightly resembles the train wreck that is Twilight, you are mistaken!

    • Let’s be fair caped, there will probably be a big difference in “Twilight” which is about as “vampire-light” as you can get and what Carpenter will likely do with “Fangland.” At least, I hope so. The vampire genre has some gems in there, but it’s been cursed with a lot of bad efforts, too.

  3. The vampire thing is overdone.

  4. Another member of the (ignorance is bliss crowd,,,)
    Put on the glasses Guest Star, you’ve obviously missed the social message that was, “They Live.”
    As far as this films concerned, as much as I love Carpenter, this plotline seems like a complete waste of my time. I hope Swank enjoys working with Carpenter, but don’t expect an Oscar coming from Fangland.

    • And what is the social message in using wrestlers as actors?
      Don’t get me wrong, I get the message about media control, corporate greed etc… but that doesnt make it a _good_ movie.
      The premise for the movie is ok, but not well executed IMHO.

      Still, it’s a entertaining movie. And I rather have a sub-par Carpenter-movie than yet another generic explodorama actionflick.

      • Guest star do you even read comments before you leave a reply?

  5. I met a writer about a year ago that was writing a treatment for the new “They live.” I suggested that he use 3-D glasses this time instead of just sun glasses.
    This could be the result from a manufacturing mistake or resistance augment???

    Of course I screwed myself in the long run as I’m sure the film will also be in 3-D. 8-O

  6. why does hollywood feel the need to ruin Carpenters movies, we all know that they are classic, jus leave them be, get original ideas all you no talent rebooting screenwriters

  7. @Gueststar,,,

    “They Live, We Sleep” was about how society is being controlled “subliminaly” through the tv, and media (news papers, ads) by a hidden elite, aliens in this case. It was a story of resistance from the main characters point of view, as society had become blind slaves to consumerism.
    Carpenter said he cast Roddy Piper because he had that average (unknown) guy look that he wanted for the role. (IMO) he was perfect, just like Jesse Ventura was perfect for Predators and Andre the Giant was perfect for Princess Bride,,, ;-)

    • I know. I got it. It’s not like it even tried to be subtle.
      But regeardless how important the message is, I still think that the movie is flawed and the acting sub-par.

      Anyways, no use in arguing since what makes a movie good or bad is rather subjective.

      btw: Ventura was well cast as Blain in “Predator”. Same way as Sonny Landham was fit his role.
      But Andre the Giant? Could have been replaced by Richard Kiel and nobody would have noticed. :)

      • LOL richard keil…..

  8. Vampires, yay.

  9. Andre the Giant, could eat Richard Keil for breakfast…

    • hmm, they are both big lanky, and slow, edge goes to keil, he’d rope a dope the giant, and wear him out

  10. Vampires? Yeah, I was expecting this to draw some groans. But remember, this is the guy who brought us “Halloween,” “The Fog,” and… what was that movie he did with James Woods called? Needless to say, we won’t be seeing another “Twilight.”

  11. Blah blah blah Vampire movie blah blah blah. Another Vampire movie! To make it worse Mr Carpenter is at the helm. When will the world just tell him to get a job doing somethink else, cos he can’t direct actors for toffee.

  12. He’d better change the name. “Fangland” is a really bad pun on “Gangland” and is about the dumbest name for a film out there.

    I’m really interested in finding out more about the They Live remake–is Carpenter directing? It’s got a 2011 release date, anybody know about any more info?