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Exclusive: Neil Jordan Tells A Ghost Story
And talks The Graveyard Book

31 May 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

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Byzantium
, Neil Jordan’s return to the vampire lore he first explored in 1994’s Interview With A Vampire, steals into cinemas today. You’ll spot it: it’s the one chuckling maniacally and pulling a cape over its eyes, while it cleans the pick ’n’ mix out of fizzy fangs. Gearing up for it at the London press junket, Jordan chatted about his attitude to Hollywood and shared his plans for the new project he has underway.

“I’ve written a ghost story with a contemporary setting,” the director tells Empire. “I’m going to terrify people with beautiful music.” If the so-far untitled project gets underway, it will be shot in Eastern Europe rather than Jordan's usual home turf of Ireland, or England, where Byzantium was filmed. Irish gangster thriller Fury, he revealed, is no longer on the cards.

That ghostly talk matter turned the subject to the filmmaker’s once-mooted adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. An exciting – and, to our minds, pretty perfect – meshing of creative sensibilities, it was eventually kibooshed by budget issues. “It was too expensive for the nature of the project,” explains Jordan. “We had to go to Disney or Fox or Sony, [studios who] do these family-friendly movies, but The Graveyard Book definitely wasn’t a family-friendly movie.”

Phlegmatic, Jordan points a finger at risk averse studios. “[It] is always a problem. Neil Gaiman and Framestore brought me the book – I was the chosen director – and I thought it was wonderful, but I knew that once you get above $50m, the studio would want to know who their audience was.”

It’s not the first time Jordan has been stifled by the studio system but he’s undeterred and still eager to make hay in Hollywood. “I’ll do big movies again,” he tells us. “Hollywood’s an animal that has a very particular way of moving. You have to know the way it moves and you only know it by going through it.”

“Over the last few years they’ve been doing these versions of fairy tales, like Snow White And The Huntsman, and I don’t think they did them very well. I think I would have done them better.”

 

Byzantium is in cinemas now.


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RE: Consider yourself excused
L: Simon124 He he, last I heard Ron Howard was doing The Stand, but that never materialised either! Agreed, Goth Lestat could be done with a good soundtrack but I don't think QotD did it, Pornography Cure or Bauhaus would be cool, casting? Courtney Love? Now there's a twist appears to still be in the works! I agree with this article, dumb way to introduce or reboot the character! why not just do The Vampire Lestat as a movie! you know! the book that is actually Lestats autobiography/ More

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RE: Consider yourself excused
He he, last I heard Ron Howard was doing The Stand, but that never materialised either! Agreed, Goth Lestat could be done with a good soundtrack but I don't think QotD did it, Pornography Cure or Bauhaus would be cool, casting? Courtney Love? Now there's a twist More

Posted by Simon124 at 13:38 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Consider yourself excused
L: Simon124 I think one of the reasons that Lestat hasn't been made as a successful film is the whole 80's pop star thing, I wasn't convinced by it in the books and I don't think it would translate on to film easily, it would probably date itself immediately, however, in the right hands it could be 'retro' I suppose.. I like the idea of the Marius/ Armand/ Vittorio stories, they could be so lovely to look at, Venice, etc... ctually I think the only thing the QoTD movie did superbly w More

Posted by Dannybohy at 12:00 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Consider yourself excused
I think one of the reasons that Lestat hasn't been made as a successful film is the whole 80's pop star thing, I wasn't convinced by it in the books and I don't think it would translate on to film easily, it would probably date itself immediately, however, in the right hands it could be 'retro' I suppose.. I like the idea of the Marius/ Armand/ Vittorio stories, they could be so lovely to look at, Venice, etc... More

Posted by Simon124 at 10:29 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Consider yourself excused
L: Simon124 Well if someone should it should definitely be Jordan, The Queen of the Damned was a bit of a nightmare, and such a good book, but I do think IWAV was miscast, especially Antonio Banderas as Armand, wasn't he supposed to be a child? and should have been an early teen child with Red hair yes. Why someone hasn't made The Vampire Lestat is beyond me! the story is better than any other Vampire novel I have ever read. The scenes that can be plucked from that book which would loo More

Posted by Dannybohy at 09:54 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Consider yourself excused
Well if someone should it should definitely be Jordan, The Queen of the Damned was a bit of a nightmare, and such a good book, but I do think IWAV was miscast, especially Antonio Banderas as Armand, wasn't he supposed to be a child? More

Posted by Simon124 at 09:25 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Consider yourself excused
Neil Jordan is awesome at this type of movie, his Interview with the Vampire was excellent and I wish they would talk him into making the other vampire movies in the Anne Rice series!. More

Posted by Dannybohy at 09:05 on 03 June 2013 | Report This Post

Consider yourself excused
However, looking forward to this, I loved The Company of Wolves, and kind of liked Interview with a Vampire, he really has a feel for this sort of thing, and yes, we can do horror oh so much more creepy than over there.. More

Posted by Simon124 at 07:11 on 02 June 2013 | Report This Post

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