Just like the lifespans of vampires themselves, it appears as though Hollywood's fascination with vampires is never going to come to an end. The Twilight Saga still dominates the box office with each new installment (still two more to go), True Blood keeps the vampire world hot and steamy (and popular) on TV, and a whole number of other vampire-related projects are spread over the world of pop culture and beyond.
Today the vampire trend continues as we learn via Deadline that Saw director, James Wan, is taking on an adaptation of a vampire graphic novel by the name of Nightfall (not to be confused with the DC comics villain). You may be rolling your eyes at the concept of yet another vampire movie being in the works, but you might be more interested when you hear the plot:
In the Nightfall graphic novel, a man is sentenced to a term in prison - a prison run by vampires. A more in-depth plotline from Amazon reveals that the vampires run the prison in secret in order to feed off of the inmates. That's quite an ingenious scheme they have going; I bet your interest in this particular vampire project has gone up a little, hasn't it?
The graphic novel was created and written by Scott O. Brown, with artwork by Ferran Xalabarder; it was published back in 2007. The movie adaptation is a co-production between Platinum Studios (Cowboys & Aliens) and Aurora Productions. Wan will direct the adaptation but will only oversee the development of the script instead of actually writing it himself. Presumably we'll hear word of a writer being hired (perhaps the comic's creator, Brown?) soon.
Wan had this to say about the project:
“The minute I heard the concept, I was in... Reading the graphic novel cemented that. Like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly, will be so cool."
Wan burst onto the scene back in 2004 with the (at the time) original and unique Saw. Intriguing audiences and shocking them with its (still) jaw-dropping final act twist, it kicked off the wave of "torture-porn" movies, despite not having that much gore in it (sadly the sequels lost the intelligence and gained lots more blood and guts).
Wan went on to make the underrated revenge film Death Sentence starring Kevin Bacon, and his next film, Insidious, is playing at this year's Toronto International Film Festival as part of the festival's "Midnight Madness" program. That film (written by his Saw co-creator, Leigh Whannell) stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as parents who move into an old house, and after one of their sons has an accident and falls into a coma, they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm. In case you're interested, check out one of the images from Insidious below:
Vampires may be getting old for a lot of people, but like it or not, until people stop paying to see movies and TV shows featuring bloodsuckers then the haters are just going to have to put up with it. I personally really like vampires as characters/creatures (they're much more interesting than mindless zombies or howling werewolves in my opinion), but at the same time, I don't really like the over-saturation that's been the result of (let's face it) the popularity of the The Twilight Saga.
However, I will say that Nightfall is one vampire film I'm interested in seeing, simply because it puts a unique twist on the conventions of the genre. I also like the first Saw and Death Sentence enough to say that I'm looking forward to whatever Wan puts out, and Nightfall is no exception.
More on Nightfall as news comes out.
Sources: Deadline and TIFF