Priest To Go Where No Vampire or Apocalypse Has Gone Before
Posted 01.26.10 by reelz
Paul Bettany just got finished playing a warrior angel for Legion. Now he's getting ready to play a priest. Not just any priest, though. He's a post-apocalyptic warrior priest fighting off vampires in a desert setting that looks a lot like the Old West.
Does Priest sound a bit like The Book of Eli meets Twilight by way of Legion? It's definitely not Legion, says Scott Stewart (the director of both Priest and Legion) in one recent interview.
It's a very different story for me. It's a hugely different character in that Michael is all about forgiveness and faith, and Priest is about revenge. He just wants blood. We went into it with the same spirit, but with three times the budget, which changes everything.... It's got lots of action and stuff, but it is literally a science fiction Western. It takes place in an alternate universe. There's retro-futuristic things, motorcycles instead of horses, and big industrial cities. The whole mythology is entirely the history of the vampire/human wars and all this other kind of stuff. The Priest characters are like these Jedi Knights...
And, as Stewart made clear in another interview, it's not going to be much like Twilight or True Blood, either.
I didn't feel like I had a lot to add to the vampire lore when I first read Priest. I really liked the script, but one thing I didn't want to do was a sexy vampire movie. True Blood is doing that. And my vampires aren't going to sparkle in the daylight.
What it is about, he goes on to say, is the aftermath of a centuries-long war between humans and vampires.
My focus is how now the vampire is vanquished, and society has moved on from you. You're not the hero anymore, and people look at you like a freak. They won't talk to you. And so we look at what happens after that if you're called into service again. You end up questioning why you made those sacrifices to begin with.
The movie will have at least one point of contact with Twilight, though. Cam Gigandet is playing a part-vampire wasteland sheriff.