20th Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (read our review) opens in theaters today. It is the just the latest in a long line of vampire flicks to flood the market this year, alongside such films as Underworld: Awakening and Dark Shadows (among others).
Universal must be banking on the prospect that moviegoers aren’t completely tired of films belonging to that horror sub-genre; new reports reveal that the studio is in talks to pick up an original script titled Bethlehem – which features both vampires and zombies.
Variety describes the plot for Bethlehem as a story which follows “a vampire who must protect a group of humans he feeds from, to survive from other vampires, and shepherd the humans to a safe haven in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania” (where our own Kofi Outlaw spends many a weekend with his in-laws). However, according to other sites (hat tip to Morning Call), the story actually takes place during the zombpocalypse. That is to say: the aforementioned vampire protagonist has really been employed to protect the last remnants of humanity from the brain-hungry, undead masses (which do not feed on vamps, according to Brenner’s script).
Bethlehem is just one of a handful of upcoming films that pit zombies against some group other than “ordinary” humans – including, the comic book adaptation Zombies vs. Robots, and the comical spec script titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies (another Black-listed screenplay). Brenner has described his Bethlehem script as a horror/comedy, placing it somewhere between the more serious tone of Robots and the campy nature of Boy Scouts. The Biblical overtones of Brenner’s spec (see: the title) likewise suggest his zombie/vampire movie will attempt to juggle comedy and drama elements, possibly striking a balance akin to last year’s Fright Night remake. Of course, that’s just speculation, at this point.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of Bethlehem as the story develops.
Source: Variety, The Morning Call