Director James Merendino Heads to 'Vampire Summer Camp'
After giving actor Matthew Lillard what will likely always be his best performance in SLC Punk, director James Merendino has pretty much fallen to the wayside. Though he once attracted names like Harvey Keitel and Billy Bob Thornton to his project The Swedish Job, that project completely fell apart and since then he's been unable to round up much name talent or attention for his films. Maybe jumping on the bandwagon will help as The Playlist reports Merendino will direct a musical comedy called Vampire Summer Camp (yes, another vampire flick) which he also wrote with Jenny Jaffe, a writer with only one obscure film to her name.
In what seems like an aim to capitalize on the popularity of vampires and Fox's musical series "Glee," the film follows two summer camps and the musical competition they embark upon. But one camp is populated with youthful-looking, but centuries old vampires, so hopefully the competition won't be held during the day (or at least inside an auditorium). The film is supposed to start filming in New York in November, but apparently no composer has been found yet. That's going to make the musical portion of the film quite difficult. No cast has been announced for the project either, but hopefully some real vocal talent will come aboard. This could be a fun musical satire, but I won't hold my breath. Anyone interested?