Film adaptation of 'The Informers' nixes vampires

March 28, 2008 (Paste Magazine / Christina Hansen) -- Fans of Bret Easton Ellis' novel The Informers may be surprised to see a few of their favorite characters missing when the film adaptation hits the big screen later this year.

The Informers tells the interlocking stories of several wealthy, morally bankrupt families living in Los Angeles during the early 1980s. Gregor Jordan is directing the film, starring Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard and the late Brad Renfro, in his last theatrical role.

The most unconventional storyline in Ellis' original novel involved the character Jamie, a sadistic vampire who liked to lure club-hopping teenagers to their untimely, grisly deaths. While the novel's supernatural underpinnings were largely panned by book critics, others argued that the vampire subplot added a fresh twist to an otherwise predictable story. Superman Returns star Brandon Routh plays the role of Jamie in the film.

But the blogosphere is alight with rumors this week that the entire vampire subplot has been edited out of the final film. /Film reports that all of the scenes featuring Routh landed on the cutting room floor at the last minute, and that the film's director has offered no explanation.

Another of the film's stars, John Graham, expressed his bewilderment at the last-minute cuts during an interview with IGN. "God knows why they took the vampire characters out," he said. "I can't say if I was pleased or displeased, that is just the way it is."

It's difficult to even speculate how Ellis, who co-wrote The Informers screenplay, will react to the cuts, as the film adaptations of his novels American Psycho, Less Than Zero and The Rules of Attraction never strayed far from his source material.

If Ellis is unhappy with the final cut of The Informers, at least he'll have several other projects to keep him busy. Film adaptations of his novels Lunar Park and The Frog King are in the works, and he is said to be shopping Glamorama around the studio circuit, as well.


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