‘Priest’ Gets 3D Treatment, New Release Date

The setup of “Priest” may sound like the beginning of a joke, “So a priest, a sherrif and a priestess…” but once the plot point of rescuing the priests’ niece from vampires is thrown into the mix, the premise becomes relatively rich with action and horror potential.

Those factors could very well be the reason behind Screen Gems’ decision to take the film 3D when it opens on its new release date of January 14, 2011.

“We’re thrilled with the way ’Priest’ has come together, and we saw some spectacular sequences in the film that we all believed would be even more amazing in 3D.” said Clint Culpepper, President of Screen Gems in an official press release, “Scott, as well as the producers, couldn’t be more excited to make the film available for audiences in both 2D and 3D.”

Based on the manwha by artist Min-Woo Hyung, “Priest” features a different breed of vampires than its blood-sucking contemporaries. Director Scott Stewart recently explained to MTV News that when the vamps of “Priest” get bitten, they transform into vampire familiars — essentially host bodies to be controlled by an evil outside force rather than a human transformed directly into a monster.

These differences aside, stars Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet (“Twilight”), Karl Urban and Maggie Q should still have plenty to be afraid of as they confront non-sparkling, non-human threats.

While the 3D aspect of the film may be a welcome addition to moviegoers, the augmentation does result in a later release date. Originally slated to arrive in theaters on August 27 of this year, fans will now have to wait until early 2011 to catch the adaptation. As ever, vampire hunting seems to require patience.

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