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Are You Ready For Another 30 Days Of Night Movie?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
A screenplay for the sequel has been written.
Let me start by saying that if you've never read any of the "30 Days Of Night" books, you need to go out and do so immediately. Growing up, I loved horror movies. When it came to "horror" comics, they weren't quite the same. When I read "30 Days Of Night" by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, it was a different experience. The two of them are perfect for each other. Niles manages to set up the situations needed for the stories and Templesmith's art is simply beautiful yet can scare the...poop out of you at the same time.
The first movie (with Josh Hartnett and Melissa George) came out in October 2007. It had a budget of $30 million and made about $16 million it's opening weekend. I don't think that's too bad conisdering it was an almost 2 hour R rated movie released in the middle of October. The movie was good but didn't quiet capture the true essence of the comic, in my opinion.
Steve Niles has confirmed that a screenplay for a sequel has been completed. The screenplay is based on the "Dark Days" arc, which picks up where the original story left off. Because the movie's gross was around $75 million rather than $100, the only option is a direct-to-dvd movie. Steve Niles spoke with Sam Raimi (the movie was produced through Raimi's Ghost House Production) and was reminded that it may not be a bad thing. There is less box office competition and if successful, the full line of story arcs could be explored. I also think taking this approach can help the movie be less Hollywood-ish.
Did you like the first "30 Days Of Night" movie? Would you like to see more movies made based off the comics?