Had enough of vampires yet? Not if the weekend’s Scream Awards are any indication. So it’s a safe assumption that you’re open to more adaptations of vampire stories to watch in between installments of the “Twilight” franchise and episodes of “True Blood.” Try Moira Buffini’s British play “A Vampire Story,” which is now headed to the big screen.
Husband-and-wife producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen (“How to Lose Friends and Alienate People”) announced the adaptation, which has been retitled “Byzantium,” among a whole slew of projects their company, Number 9 Films, is currently developing. Woolley has some previous experience with vampire films. As a longtime collaborator with filmmaker Neil Jordan, Woolley produced “Interview with a Vampire.”
/Film’s English correspondent, Brendon Connelly, shares the plot of “A Vampire Story” over at that site, and he’s certainly correct to say it sounds like a British version of “Let the Right One In,” last year’s acclaimed Swedish vampire film that is currently getting a Hollywood remake.
“A Vampire Story” follows a pair of mysterious women posing as sisters. As the official synopsis asks, “Are Eleanor and Claire vampires? Or are they troubled young women on the run?” Of course, the play’s title pretty much answers that question, so perhaps Woolley and Karlsen changed the name to throw audiences off?
Then again, who wouldn’t want to sell their vampire movie as a vampire movie these days? One of the play’s characters enrolls in school — because what 200-year-old goth kid doesn’t want to suffer through more of the hell of being tormented by teens? — which obviously aligns “Byzantium” with the “Twilight” movies, regardless of whether it deserves such a connection.
One of the other exciting projects being developed at Number 9 is a biopic about British pop singer Dusty Springfield, best known to movie fans for “Son of a Preacher Man,” which features prominently in “Pulp Fiction.” She also performed the Oscar-nominated song “Look of Love” from the 1967 version of “Casino Royale.”
It’s possible this is the same Dusty Springfield movie Michael Cunningham mentioned last yearthat he’s scripting with Nicole Kidman set for the portrayal. Or, knowing the work of Woolley, who produced “Backbeat” and directed “Stoned,” about the early days of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, respectively, his movie could be a competing project that focuses more on a younger Springfield.