Comic author Steve Niles talked at the Festival of Fear event about the on-going process of adapting his mini-series, CRIMINAL MACABRE, to the big screen. Niles, who has 30 DAYS OF NIGHT hitting the big screen in October and 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: BLOOD TRAILS hitting Fearnet.com on September 13, says a director could be attached within the next month for the CM project. He also clued us all into why MGM and another studio couldn't get this project to the big screen. It seems that they wanted to change the lead characters drug habit, something Steve Niles wouldn't allow.
"Instead of the old Philip Marlowe, who's a recovering alcoholic, [Cal] is a recovering junkie. That's all. Recovering," laughs Niles. Still, creative execs didn't jive with that. "It's not like Cheech & Chong, endorsing [drugs]. So, I've had to yank it from the studios who wanted to sanitize it."
Apparently, Niles may also take a shot at directing in the near future for a story titled, REMAINS, which will be an action like flick about zombies in Vegas.