James Wan, director of the original Saw film and co-creator of the successful horror franchise, is trying another type of imprisonment horror – adapting the vampire prison graphic novel, Nightfall.
Sounds creepy, right? That’s because it is. David Paxton, a right-wing survivalist is being sent to a rough Texas prison. Upon entering the prison he’s due to be held in, he finds out it’s run by vampires. As you can probably imagine, nightfall, the namesake of the graphic novel itself, is not his favourite time of day. He must therefore ally himself with a ruthless killer, Robbart, if he is to escape.
It’s pretty grim stuff, but it’s definitely an original take on the vampire idea. The prison is in Texas, so many will connect it to True Blood.
Wan, however, is one very excited director. “The minute I heard the concept,” he told Deadline, “I was in. Reading the graphic novel cemented that like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly, will be so cool.”
We’ll admit, it certainly sounds it, and it’s yet another graphic novel that’s found mainstream success with the film industry – it seems fashionable, at present, to turn the old picture-books into moving pictures. What do you think? A great film yet to be made, or another vampire-based adaptation of someone else’s published work?