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UNDEAD directing pair to helm DAYBREAKERS!

Hey folks, Harry here... Hollywood Reporter picked up on a press release announcement during the American Film Market that basically stated that Lions Gate Films had acquired the original horror script, DAYBREAKERS, which is written and set to be directed by Peter & Michael Spierig. The little log line they reported was, "DAYBREAKERS explores a near-future world conquered by vampires, where a small band of humans are fighting to bring back humankind."

Now personally, I dug the hell out of Peter and Michael's first film, UNDEAD. Screened it at last year's BUTT-NUMB-A-THON and I've been waiting forever for it to get a release here in the states. Meanwhile, the brothers had been rumored to be in discussions on a great many major projects. Stuff like FANTASTIC FOUR - god I wish they'd taken that one... anything other than the hell that's happening with that project. Sigh. Anyway - instead of just sitting on their hands awaiting a U.S. release of UNDEAD, they've spent the past year writing DAYBREAKERS.

The logline is... of course, just a snippet - and one that isn't all that right, as usual. Truth is, Vampires have become the dominant species on Earth - the top of a food chain. Now, the problem with that is... if Vampires are the dominant species, they don't have anyone to feed upon. And in the film, their food supply is dwindling to almost nothing. These aren't animalistic monstrosities, they're essentially a middle-class realm of suburban vampires with wives and kids. And as the food supply dwindles, and vampires begin to starve, they begin to go a bit crazy. The story focuses on two Vampire brothers in the midst of this rather dire universe.

I hear that DAYBREAKERS isn't the tongue in cheek funny poke poke type of genre smorgasborg like UNDEAD, but is rather - a very serious and realistic take. I'm really looking forward to this, as I love the look and feel of their first film, but at the same time, that film was on such a ridiculously low budget - yet so ambitious - that this time out - I'm hoping Lions Gate has given them enough of a budget to expand the scope of their dreams further still, while keeping the same level of invention that I love from their first film.

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  • Nov. 9, 2004, 6:46 a.m. CST

    So this a rip-off of Goyer's abandoned "Blade 3" premise...

    by Some Dude

    Which was, in turn, was a play on "I am Legend." Eff that.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Sigh. I hate undead.

    by TheGinger Twit

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Vampires...with wives and kids. Right. So they're not really vam

    by SmarkJobber

    They're just victim to some ailment in which they need to drink blood. Last I heard, "vampires" don't produce offspring via birth canal or age, so why call these "daybreakers" vampires? Didn't I just read a scoop about "I Am Legend" moving forward (I still won't hold my breath for that one, after a years and years of false starts, I doubt it will make the big screen in my life time)? Make that shit instead.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, noon CST

    in a perfect world.

    by neckbone

    the corey's - haim AND feldman will be the final 2 human survivors. armed only with a pair of offensive-smelling careers, horrendous soundtrack and a case of aqua net. they drive about suburbia picking off vampires - soccer games, bingo parlors and in a final desperate confrontation... the local wal-mart. oh yeah, make sure they're vampyres, infinitely more evil and scary.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The UNDEAD was

    by splbrg75

    rub-bish.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 2:30 p.m. CST

    UNDEAD was shit. Vampires are shit. This movie will be shit.

    by Cash Bailey

  • should never have been fucking made before "The Vampire Lestat." Ann Rice needs to be bitch slapped for allowing that. But while her vampires tend to swing both ways, what was not adequately conveyed in the "films" was that they were more powerful than the vamps in Buffy,Blade & Underworld combined.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 10:09 p.m. CST

    The problems with UNDEAD can't be blamed on it's ultra low budge

    by TheGinger Twit

    It's problems are to do with its script, its shoot and its editing. I fear this next film could have the same issues. It already does if it's a serious take on Vampires being ordinary people.

  • Nov. 9, 2004, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Anne Rice had nothing to do with QOTD

    by Optimus Primal

    She sold the right to Queen along with Vampire Lestat a loooooong time ago. The film rights would revert back to her if after a certain number of pre determined years a film wasn't made. The studio threw together QOTD just so they wouldn't lose the film rights to it. For the record I enjoyed Undead for what its was. A tongue in cheek, low budget zombie flick.

  • Precisely, I would never sell my babies off to be defiled for generations to come. Christ Anne, hope it was worth it. Anyway Undead wasn't to bad, a little strange in some areas, but the ending rocked.

  • Nov. 10, 2004, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Queen of the Damned is a piece of shit

    by Monkey Butler

    That just needed to be said. Undead was pretty great, mostly Aussie humour though, so probably alot of people wouldn't like it outside the country (that ain't a dig, it's the truth - alot of French comedies are like that too). But the Spierig's showed themselves to be able to make an indy, zero budget comedy, isn't it a bit of a gamble to give them a multi-million dollar straight horror movie?