A veteran screenwriter once told me never to write a script about vampires. "People will laugh at you; the vampire genre is dead," he said. Really? Then how come every time I turn around, another vamp flick is gearing up for production? And how much can you really do with vampires that hasn't already been done ... and done ... and done? Well, for one, you can stick them in the future; in a world that's populated by vampires who are running out of real humans to suck dry. We already told you that Ethan Hawke signed up to star in Daybreakers; a futuristic vampire flick set to shoot in Australia. At the time, it was being reported that he wasn't going to play a blood sucker, but instead some sort of research guy. According to Star Pulse, that's changed ... and some new blood has just been added to the cast.
Says Hawke: "I'm going to make a vampire picture and I'm going to chew on some necks. Willem Dafoe and I are dueling vampires. It's a vampire movie set way in the future where everyone is a vampire and we're all eating our own resources, so we're trying to get off on foreign humans. We're trying to get off of trying to create blood substitutes. It's a big analogy about what's going on now. It's really dark and weird and everybody's sucking each other's blood." That sounds ... interesting. I am pretty stoked about Dafoe joining the cast; in my opinion, the guy is already living as a vampire in secret -- and, heck, he's also got a pretty good vampire-related track record having starred in Shadow of the Vampire back in 2000. Hawke, on the other hand, I'm not so sure about. Hopefully he won't break a record for being the most boring vampire of all time. Sam Neill has also been cast in the flick, which was written and will be directed by the SpierigBrothers. A 2008 release is currently planned.