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Near Dark redo dead?

Dec. 15, 2008by: Dave Davis

It seems like something good came out of TWILIGHT's success -- it put a stake in the heart of the planned NEAR DARK remake. For now, anyway.

Michael Bay's  horror remake company Platinum Dunes was working on an update of Kathryn Bigelow's influential vampire movie, but as Dunes producer Brad Fuller tells Empire: "NEAR DARK is probably not going to happen. I think that TWILIGHT was the same type of thing we were going for although NEAR DARK was a much darker, sexier, rated R version of that. But I’m concerned that, conceptually, that NEAR DARK and TWILIGHT are too similar in terms of a vampire movie. For now, that movie is on hold."

Of course, the themes of TWILIGHT were also too similar to about a thousand other "forbidden love" stories, genre or otherwise, but that didn't stop them from making it a movie, and a lucrative one...

The original 1987 NEAR DARK was a stylish and violent portrayal of seduction, equal parts Western and horrifying road movie. It starred flying HEROES politician Adrian Pasdar as a farmboy named Caleb who falls in love with a traveling vampire. Once she sinks her fangs into him, he becomes part of her "family", which includes the reunited ALIENS triumvirate of Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein and Bill Paxton (who hates it when they ain't been shaved). But after spending a bit of quality time with the roving vamp band, Caleb quickly realizes the lifestyle kind of sucks.

Extra Tidbit: Music video director Sam Bayer (Green Day, Nirvana, Metallica, etc.) and DISTURBIA co-writer Christopher Landon were already on board the NEAR DARK remake.
Source: Empire

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3:43PM on 12/17/2008

There IS a God!

You are up there! Glad to hear this isn't getting remade, if only for awhile. Hopefully it never gets made. NO ONE could top Paxton in that role, dude is awesome.
You are up there! Glad to hear this isn't getting remade, if only for awhile. Hopefully it never gets made. NO ONE could top Paxton in that role, dude is awesome.
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1:58PM on 12/16/2008
Thank the movie gods! If this were to happen stupid fucking twilighters would just call it a rip-off anyway...
Thank the movie gods! If this were to happen stupid fucking twilighters would just call it a rip-off anyway...
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12:21PM on 12/16/2008

good.

Let awesome sleeping dogs lay where they may.
Let awesome sleeping dogs lay where they may.
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12:07PM on 12/16/2008
damn i was really looking forward to seeing lance hendricksen and bill paxon as vamps in high school playing baseball. :/
damn i was really looking forward to seeing lance hendricksen and bill paxon as vamps in high school playing baseball. :/
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9:59AM on 12/16/2008

Thank the Gods!

So what if it's only temporary? I figure if they're gonna do a remake of this movie, put as much space between the original and the remake as possible (that goes for about 80% of all remakes, actually).

I think it's arguably the best horror black comedy I've ever seen, and most probably agree contains Bill Paxton's best performance (though he's had a few pretty good ones).
So what if it's only temporary? I figure if they're gonna do a remake of this movie, put as much space between the original and the remake as possible (that goes for about 80% of all remakes, actually).

I think it's arguably the best horror black comedy I've ever seen, and most probably agree contains Bill Paxton's best performance (though he's had a few pretty good ones).
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9:36AM on 12/16/2008

One less remake...THANK GOD!

A darker, r-rated version of Twilight...I believe that was The Lost Boys 2.

I'm grateful this will never come to fruition. The last thing we need is the writer of a Rear Window knockoff modeling one of the greatest vampire movies after one of the worst.

Twilight was derivative enough, taking everything that was wrong with the film and simply cranking up the violence and sex and giving it the name of a great vampire film will not make it any better a film.

Even when dealing with
A darker, r-rated version of Twilight...I believe that was The Lost Boys 2.

I'm grateful this will never come to fruition. The last thing we need is the writer of a Rear Window knockoff modeling one of the greatest vampire movies after one of the worst.

Twilight was derivative enough, taking everything that was wrong with the film and simply cranking up the violence and sex and giving it the name of a great vampire film will not make it any better a film.

Even when dealing with remakes it doesn't hurt to bring into the film a little bit of originality. This is like Uwe Boll remaking Lord of the Rings and drawing inspiration from Eragon.
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3:43AM on 12/16/2008

A remake dead? OH DARNNN!

I don't need to see the god-awful twilight to know it sucks. I will say the only good thing to come of it is this news. I don't know if the kids these days just overlook quality or a good script or good acting or...I can go on and on, but I think it's terribly sad that pieces of garbage like "Twilight" can make so much money. I am not a huge fan of the "Harry Potter" movies but at least they try to have a good script. To all those girls that have made "Twilight" a hit, I hope you all watch
I don't need to see the god-awful twilight to know it sucks. I will say the only good thing to come of it is this news. I don't know if the kids these days just overlook quality or a good script or good acting or...I can go on and on, but I think it's terribly sad that pieces of garbage like "Twilight" can make so much money. I am not a huge fan of the "Harry Potter" movies but at least they try to have a good script. To all those girls that have made "Twilight" a hit, I hope you all watch it again 5-10 years later so that you realize just how crappy it is & laugh at your teenage selves. I thought "Judge Dredd" was good when I was younger, how clueless I was, just as you "GIRLS" are right now. Anyway I'm glad this is dead, but at the same time I'm getting ready for more crappy Vampire Movies we are all going to have to deal with soon, but here's hoping at least 1 of the 20 will be good, but I'm not holding my breath.
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1:18AM on 12/16/2008
So are they saying that twilight is better then Near dark? Are they calling Near Dark Hollywood blvd trash.

WHAT YOU THINK YOURE BETTER THEN ME!
So are they saying that twilight is better then Near dark? Are they calling Near Dark Hollywood blvd trash.

WHAT YOU THINK YOURE BETTER THEN ME!
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1:14AM on 12/16/2008

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twilight will never have any redeeming qualities about it.
twilight will never have any redeeming qualities about it.
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11:51PM on 12/15/2008
Well, maybe Twilight getting made wasn't so bad after all, even though it was a complete shit fest if it saves us from a remake of Near Dark that's a very very good thing.
Well, maybe Twilight getting made wasn't so bad after all, even though it was a complete shit fest if it saves us from a remake of Near Dark that's a very very good thing.
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11:49PM on 12/15/2008

who knew

ONE good thing to come from twilight. WHO GODDAMN KNEW TWILIGHT WOULD SAVE NEAR DARK?
ONE good thing to come from twilight. WHO GODDAMN KNEW TWILIGHT WOULD SAVE NEAR DARK?
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