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James Wan Directing Adaptation of Graphic Novel 'Nightfall'

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August 26, 2010
Source: Deadline

Nightfall

Whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that James Wan has been considerably successful after co-creating and directing the original Saw film. Though he only directed the first one, as an exec producer he still shares in the franchise's success and has turned that into a career allowing him to direct films like Death Sentence and the upcoming Insidious, which will be featured at TIFF next month. Now Deadline has heard that Wan is set to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel Nightfall, which follows a man who is sentenced to spend time in a prison run by vampires. Sounds intriguing, but do we need more vampires?

More specifically, the story sees right-wing survivalist David Paxton being sent to a tough Texas prison, but he has no idea that it's secretly run by vampires that use the inmates to feed on. Now, Paxton's one hope of escape is a desperate prison riot and an uneasy alliance with a ruthless killer named Robbart. The storyline certainly helps me slightly to get over the fact that yet another vampire centric story is being developed, but I'm still not completely sold. Wan on the other hand has been invested from the start. The filmmaker said: "The minute I heard the concept, I was in. Reading the graphic novel cemented that. Like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly, will be so cool." I certainly hope so. That's an image of the comic above.

Platinum Studios is on the verge of making quite a name for themselves since one of their other comic book properties, Cowboys & Aliens, garnered significant buzz after Comic-Con last month. That flick is certainly on my list of most anticipated films in the future, and if Nightfall is half as cool as Cowboys & Aliens looks, then I think we'll be in for a treat. We'll keep you updated on the project. What do you guys think of it?

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  • tEDDY bESS
    A prison run by Vampires? No really, a prison run by Vampires? Is this a joke?
  • Ben
    Sounds cool! I'd be keen for it if the trailer is good. I like it when vamps are actually the bad guys and are doing nasty shit.
  • nelson
    get Vin Diesel as the lead and then were talking
  • Deathtoll 2010
    Or Jason Statham, Gerard Butler, Timothy Olyphant, hell, this might even be a great movie for Stone Cold!What I'm saying is, every time there is an action movie announced, Vin Diesel's name pops up. THhere are plenty of other action guys out there that are ready to step up to the plate and kick some ass. So, I for one will be very happy if this role doesn't go to Vin, or the Rock for that matter.
  • madmoney
    i sorry but james wan is a boring director
  • saychel
    enough of the vampires!! how much better would it be,if it was a prison run by ZOMBIES mwah!!!! :)
  • KING
    yea, vin diesel is ok. but i would like to see some other actors here. like #4 said, but i would say either butler or stone cold from the list u said. i like statham, but this fool is in everything. lol. i wouldnt mind him tho. idk. feels like a good concept and it can be a good movie, but with the right script and good directing.
  • McWilly
    I agree there is a good amunt of actors that can pull this off, but I see that pic and instantly thought of him. Vin needs to get that Pitch Black 3 off the ground and back to it's roots.
  • lamar
    James Wan, YES. Vampires (sigh) getting very old very fast. They would have to do something fresh like making them look like the creatures in the picture above.
  • Cracky
    Yes yes, vampires are getting old. But so are superheroes, hit-men/assassins (and hit-men on the run), serial killers, and talking animals. I personally got a bit excited at the premise. It's a rather great approach. BUT-- James Wan is also not a very strong director. Saw was good, IMO (hell, I loved it), but everything else was... meh. Point: Could be neat if Wan steps up his directing game.
  • Ben
    I think Death Sentence was a great film, he showed some potential with that.

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