"30 Days of Night," the 2007 film adapted from Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's tale of vampires invading a secluded Alaskan town, will indeed have a sequel -- but it might not be headed for theaters.
In a conversation with Niles, the author confirmed to MTV News that rumors of a "30 Days of Night" sequel in the works were not only true, but a screenplay has already been completed for the film. According to Niles, the movie sequel will be based on the sequel to the original "30 Days of Night" comic book, a story titled "Dark Days."
"There will be a sequel," Niles told MTV News. "The script is in. I’ve been working on it with a buddy of mine, Ben Ketai, who directed the last round of the online webisodes."
"The script is based on 'Dark Days,'" explained Niles.
In "Dark Days," the character of Stella Olemaun heads to Los Angeles after surviving the vampire attack in Barrow, Alaska. She intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben, during the Barrow incident.
Niles said that the original film's $70 million showing at the box office made the direct-to-DVD route likely for the sequel -- but after receiving some words of support from "30 Days of Night" producer (and "Spider-Man 4" director) Sam Raimi, he's perfectly fine with following that path.
"We didn’t hit that magic $100 million, but I had a long talk with Sam," explained Niles. "He called me and just said, 'Don’t be too quick to judge this direct-to-DVD market, especially with the sci-fi market.'"
"This way we’d be able to do all the comics," reasoned Niles. "We won’t have the massive competition of the box office, and theoretically, we could move on to 'Return to Barrow' and to the other series and short stories."
Niles cited the success of Raimi's horror/thriller production label, Ghost House Pictures, in developing direct-to-DVD sequels for many of its properties (i.e., "Boogeyman" and "The Messengers") as one of the factors making direct-to-DVD such an attractive option.
"Ghost House has a small industry going with just their direct-to-DVD movies for horror," said Niles. "It’s a changing market."
Looking forward to seeing another "30 Days of Night" movie? What do you think of "Dark Days" getting the follow-up nod? What about the direct-to-DVD route?