30 Days of Night sequel to DVD
It seems that the sequel to 30 Days of Nights is heading right to the DVD pile, and the script has already been written according to Steve Niles, the author of the comic book.
He's been working on the script for the film along with the director of the webisodes, Ben Ketai, and he explains that the script is based on the comic book sequel Dark Days.
Steve Niles says that he was disappointed with the returns from the box office which gained some US$70 million according to MTV, and so originally he wasn't keen on tackling a DVD sequel, but Sam Raimi changed his mind.
“We didn’t hit that magic $100 million, but I had a long talk with Sam...He called me and just said, ‘Don’t be too quick to judge this direct-to-DVD market, especially with the sci-fi market.”
It seems that Raimi has done more than just persuade Niles to make the sequel, but also to adapt all of the comic series, DVD or not.
”This way we’d be able to do all the comics...We won’t have the massive competition of the box office, and theoretically, we could move on to ‘Return to Barrow’ and to the other series and short stories.”
That's good news for fans of the series, for it's clear that Niles intends to keep going with adapting the series, as long as the DVD audience is there.
I find it hard sometimes to understand the audience and why they don't take to a film, after all 30 Days of Night was a pretty damn good film with some interesting ideas and some very innovative techniques.
Now the disappointment is that the sequel will have a fraction of the budget the original did and that means the films could get progressively poorer in terms of production, effects, style and scope. Of course they could be clever and manage to produce something much smaller and still very impressive, but it's not going to be the film that was 30 Days of Night.