‘Saw’ director James Wan to helm ‘Nightfall’ vampire flick
[HMG] – Having seen the box-office numbers for Twilight, Hollywood has decided to bring us more of the same. Now ‘Saw’ director James Wan has been chosen to direct ‘Nightfall,’ the film adaptation of a book about life in a vampire-run prison.
Published in 2007 the book tells the story of David Paxton, a hard-working survivalist who is sent to a tough prison in Texas, and has no idea that it’s secretly run by vampires – who feast on the inmates. Understandably keen to escape, Paxton forms an alliance with a serial killer and turns the place into a war zone to try and get free.
“The minute I heard the concept, I was in,” Wan told Deadline. “Reading the graphic novel cemented that. Like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly will be so cool.”
And Jim needs a hit – the 33-year old co-wrote and directed 2004’s first installment of ‘Saw,’ which cost $1.2-million to make and grossed $106-million. But his last two films – ‘Dead Silence’ and ‘Death Sentence,’ which stars Kevin Bacon – were both flops and his directing profile has been shrinking since then.
But quite how Jim will make a movie from this is a challenge – the whole book is just 75 pages.
There’s no mention of a lead actor or cast yet, nor any clue on a release date. But if the film ever really sees light of day we’ll keep you advised…