Nightfall sees prisoners versus vampires
I have to admit that this sounds a strong idea, and although the film is lined up to be written and directed by James Wan, he of the Saw franchise, I do so want to believe that it's going to turn out strongly.
The graphic novel the film will adapt tells the story of a prison where vampires are feeding on those incarcerated there. They run the prison and use it as a food source, and when a new prisoner arrives and discovers this, he realises escape is the only option.
What we see fused together here, or we could see, is a prison escape film mixed with vampires, and that sounds rather interesting.
I remember one of the prequel online shorts for I Am Legend (Filmstalker review) that told the story of a prisoner on death row who awakes one day to sounds of silence. No one opens the door, no food is brought, and he's slowly going mad. When the power finally fails his door opens and he's free, only to discover that the world is overrun by infected people keen to slaughter him. He turns back and takes refuge in the prison again for his last stand.
That caught my attention and I thought that something interesting could be done with it, and the idea here feels somewhat similar when I think back to that short.
The graphic novel was published in 2007 and written and created by Scott O. Brown with art by Ferran Xalabarder and the word from Deadline Hollywood Daily through The Playlist is that James Wan will oversee the script and direct the film. Of the idea he says:
”The minute I heard the concept, I was in...Reading the graphic novel cemented that. Like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly, will be so cool.”
Mmm...”Like Saw” and “so cool” are two comments that bother me about the film, and the “if executed properly” statement says it all. I do hope that Wan looks at Nightfall differently to Saw and we see something new and exciting, and above all that it doesn't turn into a cheap horror film that heads straight to DVD.