Director confirmed for remake, Fox revs up sequel
Music video director Sam Bayer is officially on board Platinum Dunes’ remake of Near Dark, a priority project for Michael Bay’s production outfit. In our report on the remake last week, Bayer’s involvement was sketchy, at best, but this evening B-D received word that he is definitely on board. The redo is a spin on Kathryn Bigelow’s ’80s bloodfest starring Lance Henriksen and Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”).
Meanwhile, over at Fox, pre-production will begin any day now on Joy Ride: End of the Road, a sequel to John Dahl’s 2001 raging road movie/thriller starring Paul Walker (Running Scared), Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) and Leelee Sobieski (The Wicker Man).
Follow-up has been in development for some time now that Fox is eyeing to splice sequels from its library.
James Robert Johnston and Bennett Yellin’s next chapter follows four leads as they hit the highway en route to Vegas for a concert. Along the way, their car breaks down and they opt to steal another to reach their destination in time. What they don’t know is that they’ve stolen a vehicle that belonds to Rusty Nail, the crazed trucker of the first film. So, rather than tell a different story altogether, a conscious decision has been made to made Rusty an blacktop boogeyman.
Ted Levine’s return is essential.
B-D reports Fox is seeking a director, but we’re pretty sure they’ve got one in mind…especially if the start date of October 15th is a solid one. Shooting will take place in Vancouver.