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COMPANY OF WOLVES' Neil Jordan Brings Us (Hopefully Hot) Mother/Daughter Vampires In BYZANTIUM!!

Merrick here...

Neil Jordan, who brought us THE CRYING GAME way back in 1992 (was it that long ago?) and subsequently adapted Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE to star Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, is returning to the realm of the fangtastic with BYZANTIUM, which'll star Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. 

The original script is penned by Moira Buffini and details the story of a mother vampire who turns her own daughter into a vampire and the pair form a lethal partnership, sometimes posing as sisters.

...says THIS piece in THR. 

I know many 'round these parts don't share my opinion...decidedly so, in fact...but I've been enjoying the hell out of Jordan's THE BORGIAS on Showtime - the series is about to conclude its first season and was recently picked up for a second.  I'm a few weeks behind at the moment, but so far Jordan's written every episode of the show and directed a few installments as well as Executive Producing.  Wondering how BYZANTIUM will affect his involvement with THE BORGIAS' upcoming season - if at all?  Interestingly, I've yet to see THE BORGIAS mentioned in any of the pieces I've encountered about BYZANTIUM.  Wonder what that's about?  

I am such a pathetic, unrepentant meganerd that the moment I saw the title BYZANTIUM I jumped to The Doctor, River Song, Bishop Second Class Octavian, and his squad of militarized clerics facing down Weeping Angels in the wreckage of a downed starliner.  If you don't know what I'm talking about?  You should.  If you do know what I'm talking about?  I love you.  That is all. 


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  • May 16, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by murren

    did you wish really hard?

  • ...I jumped to the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki visiting the actual city of Byzantium in 64AD, ergo I out-meganerd you.

  • May 16, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    a company of wolves....

    by exador

    gawwd...i still love that movie...

  • May 16, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    RE: raise the titanic

    by JamesT

    For a minute I thought that byzantium was the rare mineral that they were after in RTT, but it was actually byzanium. Weird huh...

  • May 16, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Nobodies gonna get the Dr. Who Reference.... :(

    by LargoJr

    But it's ok.. AICN stopped being relevant when it became 'WHORES-R-US' sales brokers instead of actually attempting to report cutting/bleeding edge news :( *cry*

  • May 16, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    "Apart from having an unpronouncable first name"

    by Schadenfreude

    Seer-sheh Irish for 'freedom'. Her middle name is Una; Irish for 'unity'. Basically her folks vote Sinn Féin.

  • May 16, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Neil Jordan is an incredible visual artist

    by Jaster

    It's too bad he hasn't had more success. I thought after Interview with teh Vampire he would get huge but unfortunately that's the last thing I've seen from him.

  • May 16, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Nobody's gonna get the Sinn Féin Reference... :(

    by BobWalnut

    either, phlegmzubal!

  • May 16, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    Thank you for the info....... bobwalnut..... I got it. That's all that counts. If you don't get it google and learns yo ass som-thang.

  • May 16, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Phlegm; you're talking through your arse

    by ragingfluff

    Saoirse is quite a common girl's name in Ireland, as is Una; the names carry no political overtones ... what you're saying is nonsense and proves that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing... I mean, Donald Trump's name means "World Ruler", and so that's obviously nothing to do with - hang on a second!

  • May 16, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Sailing to Byzantium

    by flax

    That is no country for old men.

  • May 16, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by ragingfluff

    Good God, a Yeats reference!

  • May 16, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Danielle Dax as the Wolf Girl

    by SnootyBoots

    What ever happened to her?

  • May 16, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Neil Jordan needs to make more films.

    by MaxTheSilent

    He's one of the few actual ADULTS making genre films, rather than ADD-riddled boys with a case of arrested development.

  • May 16, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by Jeff Myers

    Dax has been ill and retired for sometime, but she has a Facebook page - like most of the planet. She spends more time in her garden now than the wet dreams of teenage males.

  • May 16, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Company of Wolves is great..but The Borgias is F brilliant

    by quantize

    If you haven't been watching the Showtime series, you've really been missing some fucking awesome dark mafia style religious shit... Last episode next week!

  • May 16, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    I am actually looking forward to this

    by jackofhearts29

    I never get tired of vampires, AS LONG AS 1.) the story is kick-ass enough and 2.) they bring the sexy and the gory (with some sexy for us hetero men in there included... like True Blood, and, unlike, say, Anne Rice)

  • May 16, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    seems like feminist bullshit movie

    by chien_sale

  • May 17, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by murren

    glad i derailed this TB. wheres the "cool" news?

  • May 17, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    What happened to Jordan's adaptation

    by badfishnbc

    of The Graveyard Book? Besides, I'm hesitant to call this vampire movie a great story outside of the concept. Seems like it'll be a female version of Interview, complete with mopiness and existential crises.

  • May 17, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Saoirse Ronan is the best actress of her generation.

    by sighborg

    She single handedly destroys the plague that is Disney and Nickolodean. Plus, she growing up very nicely. Gonna be smoking hot. Her choice in directors is impeccable. Wright, Jackson, Weir, now Jordan. Impressive.

  • May 17, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Anne Rice

    by satanicpanic

    Interview with the Vampire was a fantastic film, one of the few books I love that was turned into a film I love.. can't wait for this, those are two incredibly talented actresses and both gorgeous, one in an ethereal non sexual way of course. I love all the Rice books, especially the witching hour, and while there is plenty of homoerotic undertones to her vampire work there is still PLENTY of hetero sex to be had throughout her work. Witching Hour, Belinda, lot of the vampire chronicles (Lestat is always falling in love with this woman or that woman with always some sort of kinky sex involved) and of course all her erotica- Exit to Eden, Sleeping Beauty trilogy...