Hilary Swank Will Sink Her Teeth Into 'Fangland,' Source Says

May 9, 2007 (cinematical / Ryan Stewart) -- Double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank has reportedly signed to play Evangeline Harker in the big-screen version of John Marks' vampire novel Fangland.

The New York Post is reporting that Swank's company optioned the book for Swank to star, which she will, and describes it as a "Dracula meets 'Network' story. That squares with what I've heard about the book -- that it's basically Bram Stoker's Dracula only all the protagonists are news people instead of lords and ladies. Evangeline Harker is a producer for a TV news show called The Hour that's based on 60 Minutes (where Marks used to work) who is debating a marriage proposal and trying to climb the ladder at work when she unexpectedly gets sent to Romania to do a puff piece on a legendary criminal named Ion Torgu. She ends up encountering Togu, who is supposedly very much a Dracula figure. No other details were available in the Post item about the forthcoming production of the film.

Swank has one film already in the can -- the romantic dramedy P.S., I Love You, about a woman who finds messages that her recently deceased husband left her, designed to help her get on with her life. She's also supposedly attached to Labyrinth, a thriller about a woman with multiple personalities, and one of those personalities knows the identity of a killer, but I'll believe this one when I see it actually get off the ground. We also recently reported that Swank is developing a remake of Intimate Strangers, a French film about a woman who thinks she's seeing a psychiatrist, but the guy is actually some nut pretending to be a psychiatrist. Looks like she's got a lot to bite off.

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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