Bloody Disgusting's E.L. Katz recently was lucky enough to visit the set of 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, the highly anticipated sequel now filming in Vancouver, Canada. While a full set report is forthcoming, along with a handful of interviews, we've still got something juicy to share with you. Katz caught up with creator/co-writer Steve Niles who talks to BD about another sequel, along with why Melissa George didn't return as Stella.
"How many sequels are currently planned? Is “Return to Barrow” in conceptual stages?" asks Katz.
"Right now we’re just trying to get this one in the can," Niles tels Bloody Disgusting exclusively adding that they plan on bringing back some of the cast. "If that goes well, we’re set up to move forward. We got a great young cast that we can bring along if this works out well, and we’ll be ready to keep going with the story. Plus, the comics are done. God, what do we have, like seven different graphic novels now if it actually took off?"
Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Harold Perrineau, Kiele Sanchez, Diora Baird, Rhys Coiro, Monique Ganderton, Marco Sorian and even Katherine Isabelle all star in the film; but Stella was recast. Niles explains briefly why Melissa George couldn't return oto fill her shoes.
"Schedule. The enemy of all casting. She’s got a million gazillion things going on right now, so we couldn’t fit it."
In DARK DAYS, it’s been a year since the Alaskan town of Barrow’s population was decimated by vampires during its annual month long sunset. Riddled with grief over the death of her husband, bound by nightmares and void of all emotions beyond hate and sorrow, Stella (Sanchez) has spent the past months traveling the world, trying to convince others that vampires exist. Met with skepticism and laughter, Stella is ready to throw in the towel when a group of lost souls (Coiro, Baird and Perrineau) offers an incredible opportunity: the chance to exact revenge upon Lilith (Kirshner), the vampire queen responsible for the assault on her sleepy Alaskan town. With nothing remaining to live for, and nothing left to fear, Stella joins their mission and ventures into the uncharted underbelly of Los Angeles where she pushes herself to the most extreme limits to stop the evil from striking again.