Bring on the Vampires

Twilighters will be thrilled to discover the demand for vampire lore is stronger than ever in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look at the recent upsurge of bloodsucking:

Twilight TV viewers received HBO’s newly released "True Blood" with a positive response—so much so that the series, centering on a vampire-human romance and assimilation, has already been signed for a second season.

The Swedish film Let the Right One In releases October 24 in New York, but an American adaptation is coming in 2009. Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been hired for the romance-horror project.

Count Will Smith in for the mayhem. Variety reports he’s set to reprise his role as Dr. Robert Neville in an I Am Legend prequel. It will bring to light the back story of the "vampire virus" that devastated New York… and the world.

The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro and writer Chuck Hogan struck a publishing deal to author a trilogy of vampire thrillers. No movie contracts have been drawn up yet, but some blogs are already prophesying.

John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek star in next year’s Cirque du Freak, a movie adaptation of Darren Shan’s novel. Reilly stars as the leech who recruits a young boy as his assistant, and Hayek lands a freak role as a bearded lady. With 12 books in the saga, it looks like an era of vamp franchises is dawning.

We’ve definitely hit a vein of bloodlust entertainment. Frankly, after all the superhero hype we’ve had, I’m welcoming the change. Now if someone could adapt Batman….

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