Amy Heckerling Taking on a Romantic Comedy with Vampires
by Ethan Anderton
November 9, 2009
With all the complaining and frustration I've expressed with adaptations and remakes in recent news, I'm even more disgusted by anymore projects dealing with vampires. However, a part of me is curious about ScreenDaily's recent announcement that Amy Heckerling (of Clueless) is working on a romantic comedy with vampires aptly titled Vamps, a story that focuses on two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality. As long as the vampires aren't glittering, emo-hipster sissies, then we should be good to go on this one.
Krysten Ritter (last seen in Confessions of a Shopaholic) will be one of the vampires with additional casting underway and Parlay Films hoping to start production in March 2010 with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films producing. I'll admit that the premise isn't all that engaging, but a comedic take on vampires might be just what the doctor ordered with all the melodramatic and erotic vampire stories following in The Twilight Saga's footsteps and ruining vampires for everyone who isn't a 16 year old girl (damn them!).
If there's one director that can do this right, it's Amy Heckerling. She has a gift with capturing the voice of a generation (if you're not convinced see Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless back-to-back and you'll understand) so I think she's got the right style to bring some life to the already tired, overexposed concept of modern vampires. As soon as the cast is rounded out we'll let you know, so stay tuned!