With all the hoopla surrounding films like Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and Bridge to Terabithia--putting kids in fantastic, off-the-wall situations--it's about time someone made a smaller, more down-to-earth story, something any child could relate too. Like visiting an illegal freak show, meeting a vampire and a giant spider, and being forced into vampire servitude. You know, like when you were a kid.
Thankfully, About a Boy's Paul Weitz is making just such a thing, adapting Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak book series, and has cast John C. Reilly as the vampire. Why has it taken us this long to think of a curly-haired, kind of chubby vampire? I don't know. But at least we got there.
PS: I'm going on a short vacation, so there will be no new posts tomorrow. I'll be back Monday, refreshed and with a renewed enthusiasm in romantic-comedy trailers and Rambo posters.
Reilly gets his 'Freak' on with Uni [Hollywood Reporter]