Confirmed: 30 Days of Night Getting a Sequel!
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that they've confirmed a sequel will be forthcoming to David Slade's wintry vampire tale 30 Days of Night. Steve Niles, the original film's screenwriter and author of the comic book series, and Ben Ketai (writer for a "30 Days of Night" prequel TV series that I never knew existed) are tentatively on the roster to script the follow-up. No word on whether Slade will return as director or if Melissa George will be back, who played Stella in the first film, the key survivor of the small-town slaughter. Interestingly, Niles told MTV back in August that a sequel "hinges on Melissa George, since she played Stella, and [they] can't just recast the lead." I guess that means she is, in fact, on board?
Niles' original comic book series actually spanned three issues, so there's already a continuation of the story out there, titled "Dark Days". Essentially, it involves Stella publishing an account of what happened in Barrow, Alaska, which brings her to Los Angeles. Her travels catch the ire of regional warm-weather vamps, through whom she learns there might be a way to bring her slain husband, Eben, back from the dead. Not a bad extension of the story if you ask me. Although, I can't say I was totally thrilled with the first film. For a good ole horror tale, it was solid enough; and the Alaskan setting was pretty artful. But in terms of plot and resolution, it seemed a might tidy and rushed. I'm certainly up for a sequel, however, and hope Slade will return as director. There were some finer touches in the original that are worth watching over and over.
One point I'm very interested in digging up is whether Ben Foster will return as the wandering stranger that helped the clan of vampires out in the first film. Foster is incredibly creepy and well-suited for roles like this, and you don't exactly see him killed in the original (although his character is killed off in the comic). Shortly after the film was released last year, one of the screenwriters spoke on the possibility of Foster returning, saying "I'll just tantalizingly say it is possible you might see more of [his character] in the future." That will probably be a stretch to bring his character back, but I'd love to see it happen.