Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) are set to star in Oscar winning director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire) new vampire frightener Byzantium. Written by Jane Eyre scribe Moira Buffini, the film details the lives of a mother/daughter bloodsucking team.
Producer Stephen Woolley tells THR:
I love the horror genre and we’ve been working on this for three or four years. I sent it to Neil and he liked the script.
Woolley and Jordan’s previous collaborations include In the Company of Wolves, The Butcher Boy, In Dreams, and Interview with the Vampire. Jordan also directed last year’s fantasy-romance Ondine, starring sexy Polish actress Alicja Bachleda as a selkie and Colin Farrell as the fisherman who captures her.
Horror fans last got an eyeful of Arterton’s talents in Anchor Bay’s abduction-thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed. The 25-year-old stunner is currently at work on Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters in Braunschweig, Germany.
Ronan, who played the lead in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, is coming off director Joe Wright’s teen-assassin actioner Hanna and will next star in Inferno Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer’s (”Twilight Saga”) bestselling novel “The Host.”
Byzantium is budgeted at $11 million and is expected to go into production in October.