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Exclusive: Near Dark Remake Is Off
According to producer Brad Fuller

12 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Twilight has claimed another victim. First, director Catherine Hardwicke departed from the planned sequel, New Moon, over the weekend and now the phenomenally successful vampire movie has put the kibosh on… an entirely different movie.

At least, that’s according to Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller, producer of the long-mooted remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic horror, Near Dark.Which, it seems, is set to remain long-mooted.

“Near Dark is probably not going to happen,” he confirmed, talking exclusively to Empire. “I think that Twilight was the same type of thing we were going for although Near Dark was a much darker, sexier, rated R version of that. But I’m concerned that, conceptually, that Near Dark and Twilight are too similar in terms of a vampire movie. For now, that movie is on hold.”

Now here’s something new – usually, when a movie is a surprise hit, you can’t move in Hollywood without bumping into a similar project designed to cash in. It’s not often when the opposite occurs, and a hit movie causes another in development to stall. But that seems to be the case with the remake of Bigelow’s 1987 vampire western, in which a young farmer (Adrian Pasdar) falls in love with a girl (Jenny Wright), only to find that she’s part of a family of utterly demented vampires, played by half the cast of Aliens.

“The concept of ‘one person’s a vampire, the other person isn’t and they’re in love,’ with the success of that film, we would not measure up,” continued Fuller. “It’s not the right time to make that.”

There are, of course, two ways to look at this. Diehard fans of the original will be relieved that the remake has been stopped in its tracks, but it also seems a shame. Near Dark is, as Fuller says, darker, rougher and more adult than Twilight, and it strikes us that this town was big enough for both of ’em. We’ve got a feeling, though, that we haven’t heard the last of the Near Dark remake. After all, it’s hard to keep a good vampire down…


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Not sure...
Im not even going to talk about Twilight aside from to say its rubbish. I love the original Near Dark movie, but I always though it would be cool to see a sexy grungy vampire road movie set in the desert, with a much younger cast then ND, like 15/16 year olds or something. Perhaps an adaption of Popy Z Brite's Lost Souls could be cool, but preferrably not made in Hollywood!!! More

Posted by gordonemanuel at 22:59 on 27 August 2009 | Report This Post

I taught Severen everything he knew, but not everything I know.
I for one am relieved. Near Dark is woefully underrated. It’s the most beautiful vampire film next to Nosferatu. It think it looks almost contemporary. Only the 80s synth score ages it. There’s no need for a remake. Simply re-release! More

Posted by Dark Flower Rose at 21:02 on 14 December 2008 | Report This Post

don't care about this vampire shit! were is the wolverine trailer i thought their was gunner be one on 12 dec More

Posted by Jubby at 17:48 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Thank Christ!
The effects hold up beautifully and the performances are sublime. Who could ever compete with paxton? Dawn of the Dead and old monster flicks with shit effects are sometimes in need of and update. This movie does NOT fall into that category. LEAVE IT BE. The scene in the bar is one of the finest scenes in movie history. Couldn't be recaptured. 'Scuse me, i need to go watch Near Dark again now. More

Posted by shanewire at 13:55 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Finger lickin' good news
rkasterpiece but it's an 80s masterpiece, you can't remake that kind of magic.   Glad there's no remake but I'd be interested in a prequel or even sequel (although Jenny Wright seems to have vanished and we'll just have Adrian Pasdar and the horse).   Speaking of horses, anyone notice how weird that first horse Caleb shows Mae looks like? It's like it's been shaved all over. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 13:26 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Finger lickin' good news
Hurrah. A Near Dark TV series in the, er, vein of True Blood would have been more interesting perhaps. Or the prequel Lance H wanted to make. More

Posted by granny at 13:02 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

YAY!! Thank god for that. That is all. More

Posted by PythonFan at 12:37 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Can you hear that Holywood?
It's the sound of a million cinema fans breathing a collective sigh of relief. For once the remake monster has been stopped in it's tracks. Hurrah! More

Posted by Bushman at 12:13 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Does not need to be made ...
... at all. Ever. In any way shape or form. Why remake an old story in an attempt to retell it in a way that is relevant to today (I'm looking at you, Keanu!)? Why not just write a story that is relevant to today? Near Dark, in particular, is a cult movie. Would remaking it ensure success? I don't personally think so. More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:56 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

I agree with John 76
I really have no idea why remakes have become too common these days. I don't understand the point of re-making films that were already good in the first place. I'll admit that I enjoyed the Dawn of the Dead remake but it's no classic. I can kind of understand why they remake foreign language films for an American audience because mass audiences will most likely never see the originals even if they were heavily promoted. The only instance I'd really support a remake though is if the original had More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 11:52 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Thank fuck...
Another reason to hate Twilight. A Near Dark remake is infinitely more interesting than that teeny bopper shite. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 11:03 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Thank fuck...
...for that. Just leave well alone. More

Posted by thejonner at 10:52 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

oh thank god!
for a sec there, when i first saw the picture, i got a horrible sinking feeling! phew. More

Posted by al101 at 10:13 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

Why does Empire feel it's okay to remake some films?
It seems every day there's news of another remake and these boards are full of protesters bemoaning the lack of originality in Hollywood yet implied in the story above, and in previous news pieces, Empire writers look forward to the prospect of another take on a previously successful film. I really think we should be expecting more from you guys - since when does a lack of originality warrant praise? There is indeed room for two dark, moody modern day vampire movies but why shouldn't we be looki More

Posted by John76 at 09:45 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

I second that!
It's impossible to keep a good vampire down. There are good vampire movies possible. 'Twilight' should not pose a threat to that. Surely, we can do better than 'Underworld'. More

Posted by vineethchacko at 08:32 on 12 December 2008 | Report This Post

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