'Resident Evil' Director goes from zombies to vampires

September 27, 2007 (Cinematical / Monika Bartyzel) -- Variety reports that Russell Mulcahy, the director of Resident Evil: Extinction, will head a feature adaptation of Steven-Elliot Altman's Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires.


You've gotta wonder what happens when you get bitten and are given the blood lust. Being a vampire must be hard, between the lack of sun, figuring out the new powers, and having to hunt for your food all the time since there's no all-night butchers or buy-by-the-pint blood banks. It's not all vixens and Anne Rice-like eroticism (before she got all churchy).

The book focuses on a guy who is turned into a vampire when he and his lover are attacked in New York City. She dies, and he spends his new life as a vamp trying to ignore his blood instincts through Zen meditation. He becomes a part of "The Ministry," an underground group warring with the vampires -- who are also willing to kill him if he messes up. Basically, it's Angel on the big screen with some more Zen love and not as many years under the protagonist's belt.

The adaptation is being written by Altman himself, so fans can expect a film full of the writer's intention. And, since violent games are all the rage, a video game for the movie is also being created.

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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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