Summit Picks Up Marc Haimes' Elevator Men Vampire Script
by Alex Billington
March 26, 2009
I always love great concepts. And this is one that sounds pretty damn cool. Summit is finalizing negotiations to acquire former DreamWorks exec Marc Haimes' original screenplay Elevator Men. The dark thriller, which likely will change titles, takes a less romanticized look at the human-vampire interactions depicted in such recent movies and series as Twilight and HBO's "True Blood." "This is the dark, sinister version of what really happens when you decide you're going to get close to really bad things." The creatures play diabolical mind games with people, including one that involves an elevator, hence the title.
"It's a reaction to all of these stories now -- TV shows and movies -- that play this kind of romantic, fantastical, sexy aspect of getting involved with monsters," Haimes said to Hollywood Reporter. "That fantasy element is something I wanted to look at and play the exact opposite: the grim reality of bedding down with a monster." I'm already sold on these descriptions alone and I can't wait to find out more about this. I'm even more intrigued by the fact that its title, Elevator Men, somehow plays into a dark, sinister story about vampires. Sounds like there is something more to this than we know about so far?
An early synopsis from Elevator Men says that the story involves "a single mom in pursuit of Mr. Right who ends up meeting a horrific creature in human guise." Let the Right One In from last year is proof that the vampire genre has so much more to offer, and that we just need to step back and look at the whole genre in a new light. From the sounds of it, Haimes' script does just that. This is one project to keep an eye on!
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