John Carpenter is back to rescue us from whiny, emo vampires

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Yeah, we know, all you can think about is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse heading your way at the end of the month, but there's another vampire book that's being turned into a movie, and this one not only has the street cred of a horror master, but an Academy Award winner in the lead to boot.

According to Total Film, John Carpenter has signed to direct Fangland, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Fangland, for once, is actually not about a girl in love with a broody emo vampire. Swank will play Evangeline Harker (hmm, related to Dracula's Mina Harker?). In John Marks' book, Harker is the producer of a TV news show, on assignment in Romania. The Transylvanian gangster she's investigating is responsible for a supernatural plague. Well, he's a vampire. All the press materials say so.

So the vampire is the bad guy and Swank's going to be stuck in Transylvania fighting him. That sounds like a cool modern perspective with an homage to the classic Bram Stoker story. Let's hope Carpenter adds his gritty violence (see John Carpenter's Vampires) to this story.

Carpenter is back bigtime. His last theatrical film, Ghosts of Mars, wasn't his best, to say the least. He's kept up doing Masters of Horror episodes, but now he's attached to four films: The Ward comes out later this year, and he's also got L.A. Gothic and The Prince in development.

Also interesting, Marks was a producer at 60 Minutes. Readers of his book said he portrayed the hellish environment of 60 Minutes, especially when his vampires invade the New York studio.

So what do you think of Team Carpenter/Swank?

(via Collider)