Director David Slade appears to have developed an insatiable thirst for vampire flicks. The man behind Summit Entertainment’s record-breaking tween sensation Twilight: Eclipse and Ghost House Pictures’ much more respectable gorefest 30 Days of Night is now set to shoot The Last Voyage of Demeter. He replaces Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky.
Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula,” The Last Voyage of Demeter details the horrific events that occurred on the ship that transported Dracula from Transylvania to London. Sir Ben Kingsley and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace are attached to star.
Rapace , who scored rave reviews for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of author Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy (”Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Girl Who Played with Fire,” Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”), has arrived in Hollywood on a gravy train with biscuit wheels. The 31-year-old starlet will next be seen in Guy Ritche’s Sherlock Holmes 2 and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Originally written by Damon Lindelof (“LOST”) as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 classic Alien, Prometheus will star Theron as a character named Vickers. No other plot details are available at this time other than the promise of some “Alien DNA” footage hidden within the film.
Twentieth Century Fox will release Prometheus on June 3, 2012.
Theron, whose horror creds include The Road, Devil’s Advocate, and Monster (for which she won an Oscar), is also developing a new HBO crime drama based on the book Mind Hunter:Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by renowned FBI profiler John Douglas.
Tricia Helfer is bloodthirsty femme fatale Alexa Wolff in director Chris Marrs Piliero’s music video for The Black Keys Las Teclas De Negro’s chart-topper “Howlin’ for You.” Shot as a faux movie trailer, the video costars Sean Patrick Flanery, genre stars Diora Baird and Corbin Bernsen, Twilight’sChristian Serratos, Olympic gold medalist Shaun White, and Todd “You’ll never know what I’m talking about” Bridges.
The synopsis reads:
Alexa Wolff, a sexy assassin with a troubled past, unknowingly falls in love with the man who killed her father. He is not her first love, though. Two other men came before. But they would not have her. Now, all grown up with an appetite for revenge, Alexa’s leaving a trail of bloody corpses and broken hearts in her wake.
I’m digging the nod to Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado. Here’s hoping someone runs with this and gets it on the big screen (or DVD/OnDemand).
Ever since she first hitched a ride in Platinum Dunes’ stellar 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Lauren German has captivated horror fans with her good looks and impressive acting chops. But, despite star turns in Eli Roth’sHostel II, actor-turned-director Thomas Jane’s Dark Country, and ABC’s short-lived mystery series “Happy Town,” the 32-year-old actress’s genre offerings have been few and far between.
This year, however, German returns to horror in French director Xavier Gens’ (Hitman) apocalyptic frightener The Divide. Leading a cast that includes Michael Biehn, Rosanna Arquette and Jennifer Blanc, German plays one of eight survivors battling Hazmat teams and cabin fever while cooped up in a small New York apartment after the majority of the city’s population is wiped out by a mysterious blast.
The Divide will hold its premiere this March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.