It’s all vampires, all the time today. Which is not that different than any other day in my office, but still…
My buddy Borys Kit (AKA Borys From Canada) has the scoop on a director for a new Dracula project, The Last Voyage of the Demeter. It takes my favorite segment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula — the section where Drac is transported from Transylvania onboard a ship, snacking on the crew as he goes — and plays it out over the whole of one movie. Hell yes, I’d see that.
Congratulations to Seth Grahame-Smith, currently burning up the charts with his alt-historical novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The novel has just been optioned by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. According to the story (also by Borys), the directors spent their own money on the project, rather than a studio’s, which is fairly rare in Hollywood. That should tell you they’re serious.
The latest issue of Image Comics’ series Chew — about a detective who gets psychic clues from anything he eats — came out this week. The description is simply, “WTF, Vampires?” And apparently vampires can be photographed. Or at least the actors who play them.
Oh, and this Christopher Farnsworth guy got a pretty awesome quote from Brad Meltzer plugging his upcoming novel, Blood Oath:
“Blood Oath is exactly how I like my Presidential thrillers. With vampires.”
This is seriously the greatest thing I’ve seen in days:
"Down for the Count" by Poopbear at DeviantArt
Someone needs to turn this into a T-shirt, stat.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Vampire Flick ‘New Moon’ Posts Biggest Opening Weekend of 2009
The vampire and werewolf movie “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” posted the biggest opening of the year, taking in $140.7 million in North America — but fell short of the all-time crown.
The Summit Entertainment film’s box office take was the third-largest on record for a movie in its opening weekend. It bested all of the “Harry Potter” films, and only Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” ($158.4 million) and Sony’s “Spider-Man 3” ($151.1 million), have made more in a single weekend in North America.
What amuses me about this is remembering what someone in the entertainment industry told me two years ago: “Vampires are over. Nobody wants to see them anymore.”