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FilmNation snags rights to Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire

5 years agoby: Jared Pacheco
Man this TWILIGHT thing isn't going away anytime soon is it? Believe it or not another series of young adult novels centering on vampires was just picked up. Oh yeah...

News coming in from ScreenDaily has New York's FilmNation Entertainment snatching up the rights to THE LAST VAMPIRE series of novels by Christopher Pike. Pike is actually right up there with Mr. R. L. Stine, having several young adult novels to his name spanning well over a decade. So what's the deal with THE LAST VAMPIRE? Check it:

Suspecting the detective she killed in self-defense is stalking her, a vampire becomes a high-school student to befriend the detective's son, with whom she falls in love.

Oh man... that sounds almost as bad as TWILIGHT. Seriously? Come on now people... I'm sure there's much better material out there somewhere! I guess the only silver lining here is that THE LAST VAMPIRE comes from Pike, who aims not at teen girls but teen genre fans as a whole. Hey at least it's something! FilmNation president Aaron Ryder had the following to say:

“We could not pass up the opportunity to bring to life one of the best characters of young adult fiction. We see this as the original teen vampire series that started the craze today."

Really? THE LAST VAMPIRE started the TWILIGHT craze? Well whoever/whatever started it has a nice warm spot reserved in Hell I'm sure. Okay maybe I'm being a little overly dramatic... Nah. Anyone out there actually read this bad boy? Some opinions below would be much appreciated to help the rest of us out and give us an idea of what we're getting with THE LAST VAMPIRE!


TWILIGHT's Ashley Greene
Extra Tidbit: There are seven novels in THE LAST VAMPIRE series including "Black Blood," "Red Dice," "Phantom," "Evil Thirst," "Creatures of Forever" and lastly "The Eternal Dawn," which is slated for release later this year.
Source: ScreenDaily

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5:11AM on 01/27/2012

Nothing like Twilight (thank god)

the last vampire is so good that i actually registered to this site just to post this comment :D the story and characters have absolutely nothing to do with twilight and are a million times better. the heroine isnt some ditsy, clumsy and all around stupid lovestruck teenager - shes a badass blonde femme fatale, a vampire who is five THOUSAND years old. on the bid screen, she'll make old markus from Underworld 2 look like a pussy. that is however if they make the movie properly.
the last vampire is so good that i actually registered to this site just to post this comment :D the story and characters have absolutely nothing to do with twilight and are a million times better. the heroine isnt some ditsy, clumsy and all around stupid lovestruck teenager - shes a badass blonde femme fatale, a vampire who is five THOUSAND years old. on the bid screen, she'll make old markus from Underworld 2 look like a pussy. that is however if they make the movie properly.
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1:50AM on 09/12/2010

So far the best Vampire story I've read...

After doing some research I found out that Aaron Ryder (one of FilmNation’s producers) has helped produce films like Donnie Darko and Memento... when I saw that I thought: THIS COULD ACTUALLY BE AWESOME if and only if the directors work directly with Christopher Pike or they know Christopher Pike books in-and-out. Otherwise, they will forget all the cool details in the book as well as Pike’s charisma, and they might go a Twilight route, which would undoubtedly help ruin the experience so many
After doing some research I found out that Aaron Ryder (one of FilmNation’s producers) has helped produce films like Donnie Darko and Memento... when I saw that I thought: THIS COULD ACTUALLY BE AWESOME if and only if the directors work directly with Christopher Pike or they know Christopher Pike books in-and-out. Otherwise, they will forget all the cool details in the book as well as Pike’s charisma, and they might go a Twilight route, which would undoubtedly help ruin the experience so many of us already have with his series, his books and his authorship.

Secondly: What is up with the summary description in the red letters (the first one)? Who approved of that sad attempt to paraphrase? Sita's high school visit is a short scene in the middle of the book at the start of the series… at first it helps Pike connect with high school students and teenagers… then Pike introduces a level of depth that SPIRITUAL GURUS could relate to and commend as legitimate philosophy… that’s because Christopher Pike books go into REAL historical depth with words of enlightenment that have been in existence as far back as the depiction of Sita’s 5,000 year old life, such as Egyptian philosophy, “KARMA” and the phrase “I AM WHAT I AM”… Pike also has a funny sense of humor that compliments and mocks several modern vampire stories and traits throughout the series (such as Sita wearing a cross around her neck “because she likes it” and “doesn’t cringe when I see a crucifix”).

In relation to Twilight: The Last Vampire series is more violent and comprehensive than Twilight books. In comparison, both authors use vampires and teenage youth. After that, the two stories head in opposite directions… For example, Sita’s love for Ray isn’t like Bella and Edwards. Sita’s love for Ray isn’t even the main focal point of the story (like how Twilight is all about Bella and Edward’s immature, teenaged, Hollywood viewpoint of love for each other). The main tension/focal point in this tale is Sita’s struggle to comply with Krishna’s request. Sita was originally married to Rama 5,000 years in the past before she was forced to change to save her family, after Krishna spared her life, and then she meets Ray who reminds her of Rama, all of which is explained in the first book... Also, you should know that the Christopher Pike demographic is not your stereotyped, bubblegum, Hollywood, Twilighty crowd in the first place. I figure if Twilight was around when Pike wrote TLV he would have poked fun at Twilight in the novel… Pike fans aren't always your R.L. Stine fans either. Anybody I’ve asked that are Pike fans think Christopher Pike is more MYSTERIOUS and PROFOUND in his writing than R.L. Stine!

A word to the producers: Don’t ruin this gem! Make a sequel or a trilogy (it’s hard to fathom how all six novels can be covered in one 120 min film). Aim for a maturer audience! Keep it as real as possible! I've been bothered by a certain slip-up ever since I stumbled upon the series when I was in grade school... that is, why is Sita always depicted as a white girl on the book covers? Other than the fact that Pike stories are geared towards Americans, is seems like a huge error on somebody's part... If FilmNation has any intentions of making this production somewhat realistic then take note that: Sita is INDIAN who worships Krishna in the book (which is not to be mistaken for Native American Indian, but even that would be a few more degrees closer to actuality). In other words: how many white American chicks do you know that have even heard of Krishna, let alone worship/admires him? Find the proper actress to run the show and I’m sure a sweet trilogy could be made… I'm sure the ultimate decision will come to the best looking actress that reaches the greatest demographic that FilmNation’s budget can afford, still, make the film as real as possible! I realize this is impossible to do since were talking about vampires and all but a "Dracula" or "Interview with the Vampire" style + TLV depth and originality is what Pike fans are going to look for, guaranteed. In other words, if this story comes off too PREMATURE and TOO FAKE and TOO SHORT then there is a 99% chance it'll be borderline annoying for TLV fans... In order to bridge that gap with Pike fans and potential new demographics, my two cents is that FilmNation should go the Donnie Darko, Mamento, Spielberg Schindler's List, Bram Stoker “realness” and "mysterious" route, make it a longer than standard 120mins, and keep it mature. Actually, just get one of those directors to do it, I know they got what it takes to not disappoint us. As you can tell, some of us actually care! =D
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1:21PM on 06/29/2011
I agree with just about everything you said as I have loved these books ever since I read the first one 14 odd years ago> I very much agree that they will have to find the right actress to play Sita but she should be white as in the first book Sita says that her people were the original Aryan race and that they invaded India. All in all this movie could be epic if they stick to the book and aim for a more mature audience.
I agree with just about everything you said as I have loved these books ever since I read the first one 14 odd years ago> I very much agree that they will have to find the right actress to play Sita but she should be white as in the first book Sita says that her people were the original Aryan race and that they invaded India. All in all this movie could be epic if they stick to the book and aim for a more mature audience.
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12:42AM on 09/12/2010

such a good story

If they can pull it off = amazingess. Hopefully they don't go too over-the-top gross or over-the-top sappy
If they can pull it off = amazingess. Hopefully they don't go too over-the-top gross or over-the-top sappy
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2:35AM on 04/10/2010
another thing this isnt romantic in the least nothing sappy like twilight.
another thing this isnt romantic in the least nothing sappy like twilight.
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11:45PM on 03/22/2010
This is fantastic, if Filmnation doesn`t ruin it. There is alot of blood and gore in the books, but these books just arnt about vampires in general. This story is about the birth of the first vampire and why he came to Earth and how God let him go yo live in peace. Its about sacrificing your soul to do what is right. The story is clever and appealing. Its hard to put the book down once you start reading it.
This is fantastic, if Filmnation doesn`t ruin it. There is alot of blood and gore in the books, but these books just arnt about vampires in general. This story is about the birth of the first vampire and why he came to Earth and how God let him go yo live in peace. Its about sacrificing your soul to do what is right. The story is clever and appealing. Its hard to put the book down once you start reading it.
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3:37AM on 03/20/2010
Oh my God! How did I miss this news? The Last Vampire series was one of my favorites back in high school and I have been dreaming years and years for a movie adaptation!
But if they change it to make it more Twilighty I will be super pissed! These may not be the vampires we're used to (sun just makes them feel weak if I recall correctly) but at least they don't sparkle! Don't disappoint me Filmnation!
Oh my God! How did I miss this news? The Last Vampire series was one of my favorites back in high school and I have been dreaming years and years for a movie adaptation!
But if they change it to make it more Twilighty I will be super pissed! These may not be the vampires we're used to (sun just makes them feel weak if I recall correctly) but at least they don't sparkle! Don't disappoint me Filmnation!
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3:55AM on 03/18/2010

Give it a chance...

These books were actually really good! The first one had a scene where a possessed corpse licks a priest's face off with it's acidic tongue. Bet that doesn't happen in Twilight...
These books were actually really good! The first one had a scene where a possessed corpse licks a priest's face off with it's acidic tongue. Bet that doesn't happen in Twilight...
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12:39PM on 03/18/2010
But it doesn't show up in the film adaptation either. You know this headed for PG-13 and will be marketed to the same people as TWILIGHT.
But it doesn't show up in the film adaptation either. You know this headed for PG-13 and will be marketed to the same people as TWILIGHT.
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