It looks like another comic will be heading to the big screen, a vampire comic titled Undying Love. It was recently reported that Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja is in negotiations to direct a Warner Bros. adaptation of Undying Love, a film based on the Image Comic mini-series of the same name. Originally created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, Undying Love tells the tale of an ex-soldier who falls in love with a vampire, but in order to be with her, he must destroy her creator.
“A horror-action tale, equal parts vampire mythology and Chinese folklore, set in modern day Hong Kong. Ex-soldier John Sargent has fallen for a beautiful Chinese woman named Mei. The only thing keeping the star-crossed lovers apart: Mei’s a vampire. To free Mei from the curse, Sargent sets out to destroy the vampire that made her. The only problem: Mei was turned by one of the most powerful vampires in history…”
It sounds like a pretty unoriginal vampire love story to me. I find it strange that they are in talks with Alexandre Aja to helm this film since he is known such horror films as Haute Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha 3D. But I guess the comic is filled with horror as well, so it may be a good pairing.
Personally, I had mixed feelings when I heard the news of this upcoming film. The story really doesn’t sound like anything special to me. It appears to be the same old romantic action flick we have seen a hundred times before. Which is why I looked more into the comic, and lucky for me, the Kindle Fire has a free preview of Undying Love in their Comic app.
The preview was mostly what I expected – a love-struck man in love with the mysterious and secretive vampire woman. The preview hinted at the vampiress having ulterior motives and hiding something from her human love. Yeah, nothing unique there. A manipulative vampire chick… it’s been done to death. However, what was fresh and new was the Chinese folklore and history mixed into it. The preview only touched on this, but it did pique my interest.
Will the fascinating touch of history and lore save the movie from a cliché plot? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of Undying Love being made into a movie?