Universal Looks to Acquire Vampires & Zombies Flick ‘Bethlehem’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:59 pm,

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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.

The word from Variety is that Universal has entered final negotiations to acquire Bethlehem; the Black-listed spec script was written by relative newcomer Larry Brenner. Joe Roth and Palak Patel (Snow White and the Huntsman) are already in line to produce the film. Furthermore, Snow White visual effects supervisor/second unit director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has been attached to make the film his feature-length directorial debut.

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).

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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

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  1. Didn’t this already happen? Deadliest Warrior Season 3 finale? And what type of Vampires? Bela Lugosi/ Dracula vampire, 30 Days of Night (best choice, Modern Vampire), or the emo vampire(Twilight and True Blood).

    • They could go with Dracula Vampire, but when bitten by zombies, they become 30 days of Night vampires.

  2. I’d love to know more about this “blacklisted script”. Why was it blacklisted? What exactly is involved in a script being “blacklisted”?

    • I should clarify: every year, Hollywood unveils a list of the best un-produced scripts, known as the Black-list (that’s why I kept capitalizing Black).

      • I wondered about that too – thank you.

  3. What happens to a vampire who is bitten by a zombie? Nothing?

    • A zombie/vampire hybrid would be INCREDIBLY horrific indeed. TRULY THE UN-DEAD BY ALL MEANS.

  4. this sounds just like a book i own, Double Dead by Chuck Wendig-

    “Coburn’s been dead now for close to a century, but seeing as how he’s a vampire and all, it doesn’t much bother him. Or at least it didn’t, not until he awoke from a forced five-year slumber to discover that most of human civilization was now dead—but not dead like him, oh no.

    See, Coburn likes blood. The rest of the walking dead, they like flesh. He’s smart. Them, not so much. But they outnumber him by about a million to one. And the clotted blood of the walking dead cannot sustain him. Now he’s starving. And on the run. And more pissed-off than a beestung rattlesnake. The vampire not only has to find human survivors (with their sweet, sweet blood), but now he has to transition from predator to protector—after all, a man has to look after his food supply.”

  5. Theoretically speaking, what would happen to the zombies if they consumed vampire blood and flesh, immortal superhuman zombies?

  6. Wow, a movie featuring two of the currently most done-to-death monsters in the horror genre? I can’t wait!

  7. why is there a picture of Legacy Of Kane here

  8. sorry that’s Legacy Of Kain