Check This Out: Teaser Poster for The Vampire's Assistant
Oh no, even more vampires? Cinematical has debuted the teaser poster for The Vampire's Assistant, previously known as Cirque du Freak, the movie based on the book series of the same name. I actually don't like this new title at all, it's too easily confused with The Vampire Diaries (the new TV show), and I thought Cirque du Freak was much more unique and easily recognizable, but alas, I don't work for Universal. Additionally, this poster, while it does look sleek, is missing John C. Reilly or anything that makes it look truly vampirish in any way. All-in-all an early failure, I think, but that's not too uncommon for Universal.
Seen below is Chris Massoglia, who plays a 16-year-old boy who becomes the assistant of a vampire named Larten Crepsley, played by John C. Reilly. You can see an early photo from the film featuring these two here.
A fantasy about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. The cast includes Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Orlando Jones, and Ken Watanabe.
The Vampire's Assistant is directed by Paul Weitz, of American Pie, Down to Earth, About a Boy, In Good Company, and American Dreamz previously. The screenplay was co-written by Weitz and Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123). This is based on Darren Shan's book series titled "Cirque du Freak". Universal is bringing The Vampire's Assistant to theaters on October 23rd this fall.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
not another gay vampire movie!
starwarsfan122 on Aug 4, 2009
Loved those books so much, i've never had a series of books i've followed made into a film or films so i hope this all goes well!
Ken on Aug 4, 2009
Wirklich sehr cool. Ich freue mich auf den Film =)
Paul on Aug 4, 2009
aklsjdlf;jasdf WHY DID THEY HAVE TO CHANGE THE TITLE? unless it's like Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant?
Fc on Aug 4, 2009
This time I have to agree with Alex... the title is not catchy at all... Cirque Du Freak would have been very appealing... The Vampire's Assistant? Whoa! If I see this at the DVD shop and assuming that I don't have any idea what this movie is all about, definitely this will go straight to "don't pick this one" list... I better make a big note on this one... The Vampire's Assistant = CIRQUE DU FREAK and not some comedy film about vampire's PA's/nannies' life's struggles trying to choose between good and evil while remaining loyal to his employer 😛
miracle disease on Aug 4, 2009
Yeah, Cirque du Freak was a much cooler title. The books are pretty good...hopefully the movie is as well.
Kevin on Aug 4, 2009
The Vampire's Assistant sounds a lot like The Devil's Advocate to me. >.> Cirque du Freak is a lot more intriguing.
SuicidalOptimist on Aug 4, 2009
Cripes, am I the only one who sees the blatant rip off of the LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring One Sheet? Cirque du Freak has a much better ring to it for sure. This just looks like ass. But everybody's crazy about fangs these days, so I'm sure it will have a following.
DLM Entertainment on Aug 4, 2009
ihhhh his fingers
Greekgod on Aug 4, 2009
i read this book my freshman year in high school and loved it. it was weird and not like the other vampire stories where some girl falls in love with the vampire crap. obviously i was 13 at the time. but i really liked it so if they market it right to teens but make it good enough for adults to watch it. i think it might do pretty well. the ending of the first book was the best part 🙂
eric estrada on Aug 4, 2009
Laaaaaaaame, which is sad because I loved the series
Ajax on Aug 5, 2009
They even got the word "saga" to spark interest from the Twilight fans.
Paulo on Aug 5, 2009
Dafoe's in another vampire movie? Not complaining, but seems like an odd choice to take on the role of a vampire twice in a row after Daybreakers.
peloquin on Aug 5, 2009
The Vampire's Assistant is the name of the 2nd book of the Cirque Du Freak series
icechai on Aug 5, 2009
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