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Vampires Are the New Zombies

Forget about the zombie apocalypse. It appears to be time for the vampire renaissance.

In the apparently never-ending battle for cultural superiority that rages constantly between vampires and zombies, the fanged ones are looking to move back ahead. I guess you really can’t keep a dead man down.

Deadline (or should it be “Undeadline”?) is reporting that Hollywood is in the midst of what seems to be a vampire resurrection. First, Jason Keller, the seemingly schizophrenic screenwriter of Machine Gun Preacher and Mirror, Mirror, has sold an idea for a “period origin story on the Dracula mythology” to Sony. Funny, I thought a period origin story for Dracula already existed — something called Dracula by Bram Stoker. Oh well.

Next, there’s another Drac movie coming, called Dracula Year Zero, which will be directed by Gary Shore and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. This one focuses on the “real” Vlad the Impaler version of the tale.

There is also an apocalyptic vampire flick ramping up. (Editor’s note: Of course there is.) This one comes courtesy of Guillermo Del Toro, based on the Stain trilogy of vampire novels he wrote with Chuck Hogan.

Finally, we close where we began, with Jason Keller also writing an apocalyptic vampire film, this one based on The Passage, a novel by Justin Cronin, which will be directed by Matt Reeves, who previously demonstrated an affinity for vampires with Let Me In, his kickass Americanization of the Scandinavian vampire flick, Let The Right One In.

So, it looks like the cinematic reign of the zombie is coming to an end. I hope they enjoyed their time in the sun — ironically, something vampires will never be able to do, no matter how popular they become.

~Theron Neel

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