KURT WIMMER'S ULTRAVIOLET
Yesterday morning, FANGORIA reported that writer/director Kurt Wimmer's new sci-fi vampire project, ULTRAVIOLET, was picked up by Screen Gems and will shoot this fall in Shanghai. Fango had the chance to catch up with Wimmer and get his take on the 'vampires' that would be in the film - particularly the hot lead femme.
'She's not actually a vampire - she is, but she isn't,' Wimmer suggests. 'She's what they call a 'vampire' in this world, but she's really the victim of a rampant blood disease called hemophagia - HPV - which causes side effects in its victims that have been historically identified as vampirism - in more superstitious times. Basically it grossly accelerates their metabolisms - making them a bit faster, a bit stronger, heal a bit quicker - but also anemic and therefore sensitive to light and leaving them with a greatly reduced life-span - a'la BLADERUNNER. As such - a blood disease - they also need semi-frequent transfusions but nowhere in the story does anyone suck anyone else's blood.'
So, a new take on a 'true story behind the vampire legend? 'Society calls them vampires only because they've been whipped into it by the media and the fact that the virus is the historical culprit for the myth,' Wimmer explains.
Courtesy of Fangoria