The movie based on Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s graphic novel 30 DAYS OF NIGHT opens this weekend, in case you hadn’t heard. Mucho media coverage.
The LA Times talks with director David Slade
“It’s a happy place,” Hartnett says of the combination watering hole and bowling alley. “And as we were leaving, David took a couple of pictures of the place.” The director later e-mailed them to Hartnett after altering the images. “I didn’t even recognize the place,” Hartnett says. “It looked haunted.” Slade’s photo trickery convinced Hartnett to return to gore, and the director’s visual manipulations would also prove central to his adaptation of Niles and Templesmith’s work. “David’s whole pitch was he wanted to go back to the core graphic novel,” says “30 Days of Night” producer Rob Tapert. “He felt very strongly that there was a real clean story within the graphic novel.”
IGN talks to screenwriter Brian Nelson
“There was a lot of buzz around the project,” Nelson tells IGN. “But at the same time, the most recent draft had taken it more in the direction of an action film. David and I were looking at taking it back to the natural roots of the project as a horror film. Steve Niles has created a virtual brand for himself within fandom as being a modern day master of comic book horror, and we were going to do justice to that. That meant not creating a fun house ride, but looking at what happens to real people when they’re under this kind of threat.”