30 Days of Night: Dark Days Will Be "Faithful" to the Comic Book
08.04.10 by Ryan
Based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles, 30 Days of Night came out in 2007, just as vampire popularity surged. The vampires in 30 Days, however, weren't of the twinkling-in-the-sunlight variety, but were bloodthirsty killers who only spoke in an ancient language. The movie doubled its budget upon release, and saw its director, David Slade, move on to direct the other kind of vampire movie with Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Writer-director Ben Ketai took over and 30 Days continued with the next volume, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days.
Dark Days follows Stella (Kiele Sanchez taking over for Melissa George), the survivor of the vampire attack in Barrow, Alaska, as she heads to Los Angeles to hunt down the undead who killed her husband. Ketai recently told ShockTillYouDrop that the sequel remains "faithful" to Niles' graphic novel.
It remains faithful to the story that is told in the first graphic novel and there are a lot of characters you will see that are similar, some got cut out for purposes of pacing. We did some things that were different. It was great to work with Steve on the script because I felt like everything we were doing was okay. He's the godfather of that universe, so he is the best person to guide what needs to stay and what can change. So we worked really hard just in the initial stages of scripting to adapt it for the screen but maintain what Dark Days really is.
While the budget for Dark Days is less than the original, Ketai said that the sequel will up the ante on vampire carnage.
There is a lot of gunfire. If anything, I feel like we can pride ourselves on with this film is that the kills themselves are more creative. Not to say the kills in the first film weren’t. Just in terms of the way our story worked out in [Dark Days] and the way those moments are structured. We have many more opportunities for really horrible things to happen.
Should Dark Days continue the success of the first, Niles recently told MTV that the 30 Days universe will only continue to expand into the other graphic novels.
The 30 Days of Night vampire universe, there's a lot that can be done with it — even outside the lead characters. If we're able to do the third direct-to-DVD, Return to Barrow, we'll be getting back to the original setting and concept of night in Alaska, but this time they're ready. It's like Aliens, because this time they're armed. It's going to be a giant vampire war, so if we can get the budget to pull that off, it could be really cool.