Success Of ‘Twilight’ Kills Planned Remake Of Gory Vamp Romance ‘Near Dark’

“Twilight” is becoming a power to be reckoned with. According to Empire, the success of the film has killed Platinum Dunes’ plans to remake the Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire classic, “Near Dark.”

“Near Dark is probably not going to happen,” says producer Brad Fuller. “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 … The concept of ‘one person’s a vampire, the other person isn’t and they’re in love,’ with the success of that film, we would not measure up. It’s not the right time to make that.”

In “Near Dark,” the love story is reversed — a young farmer falls in love with a girl, only to find out she’s a vampire. She too hails from a vampire clan, but one a lot more dangerous and deadly than the Cullens. There’s no Gothic or romantic vampires to be found here — “Near Dark” puts them firmly in the American west.

One would expect studios to be making “Twilight” copycats right and left, so it’s a surprising move for Platinum Dunes, but probably a good one. “Near Dark” is too much fun to be dismissed as a “Twilight” rip-off. At least the original is kicking around, waiting to be discovered by fans of Bella and Edward. (Younger and squeamish fans beware –it’s R rated for gore and violence.)

Vampire fans, are you glad the “Near Dark” remake is off? Or were you hoping for a non-Twilight vampire flick to look forward to?