30 Days of Night Already Getting Sequels - UPDATED!
The creepy vampire flick 30 Days of Night doesn't hit theaters until this Friday, but like almost every genre movie, the studio already has plans in the works for sequels. Screenwriter Brian Nelson teased readers over at Reelz Channel with this statement, "I'll just tantalizingly say it is possible you might see more of The Stranger in the future." Who is The Stranger? Played by Ben Foster, he is the first guy who mysteriously shows up in the small town in Alaska. Although he's not officially part of the group of vampires, he's still a mysterious and unwelcome visitor.
Apparently the filmmakers loved Ben Foster as The Stranger so much, that they added more scenes with him in it just so he could have more screen time. For the sake of maintaining spoiler free news, especially before the film has hit, I'll say that including The Stranger in future sequels is rather peculiar. And at the same time, rather exciting. I enjoyed the visual style of 30 Days of Night, but story wasn't too great. A full review is in the works for this weekend, but by now you should know whether you will see it or not.
While the movie is based on a comic book miniseries written by Steve Niles and published by IDW Publishing, the film itself wraps up fairly well. I won't spoil too much, but of course the opportunity for a sequel is always present. Not only do I think fans will love this movie, but I'm expecting it to have a big opening weekend and a sequel to be much more welcome than lamented. Chime in again once you get out to see it this weekend and let us know whether you think a sequel is actually a good idea?
UPDATE! I found a new interview over at ComicBookMovie.com with 30 Days of Night's producer Sam Raimi. He added quite a bit more to the speculation about a sequel that is a worthy update. He starts out by saying it really depends on the box office, which is always the determining factor, and continues on…
"And then if they do, I'd probably huddle with Ben and Steve and my partner, Rob Tapert, and figure out what they thought it should be," Raimi said. "Mostly I want to be true, if there was a sequel, to the books. I think that's what got us here in the first place."
"We've always made sequels, myself and my friends, Scott Spiegel, Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert," he said. "So making those sequels to the Evil Dead movies was nothing new, and to me it's always been just a return to familiar sets and approaches and working within that known setup. It kind of saves time in storytelling."
If a sequel gets made, pending the film's success, it's likely that they would continue the story based off of the book "Dark Days". That's all the updates for now. I'm sure we'll hear more rumblings if the film opens to high box office earnings this weekend.