The 1983 vampire flick was Scott’s directorial debut, and if the “Pelham 123” filmmaker has his way, he’ll be returning to the property soon. The best part? It’s neither remake, reboot or relaunch — as it stands, it’s directly dependent on the original.
“I’m controlling [the “Hunger” sequel] and it’s gone to the next level. It’s not a reinvention or reinterpretation,” Scott told Coming Soon. “It starts in New York and it ends up in Sao Paulo, so it’s a very different movie, but it springboards off the original. We’re writing it right now and we’ve got a great writer, Erinn Wilson.”
If you had told film critics back in 1983 that there would be a sequel to “The Hunger” almost thirty years later, they’d probably laugh in your face. Scott’s directorial debut was widely panned by reputable reviewers, including Roger Ebert, for its reliance on aestheticism over plot and character development.
Nonetheless, “The Hunger” found a place for itself as a cult classic, thanks in no small part to performances from Susan Sarandon and David Bowie. Even Willem Dafoe has a small role in the movie, as it was only his third appearance on film. Whether or not any of these actors would be involved in Scott’s sequel is unclear, as very few details are known about the film other than Scott’s recent words.
If ever there was a time to revisit the director’s inaugural feature film, it would be now. With films like “Twilight” and TV series’ like “True Blood” heating up the market, vampires certainly look more like cash cows than bloodsucking monsters these days.
Perhaps all these years later, and with several other film credits to his name, Scott could approach the world of “The Hunger” with a renewed confidence, delivering a film that satisfies both his cult following and also a more mainstream audience. That’s certainly a mouth-watering prospect.
Are you hungry for a sequel to “The Hunger”? Have you seen the original? In what ways might it have informed “Twlight,” “True Blood” and Anne Rice on film? Let us know what you think in the comments!