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Alexandre Aja, the French director behind such films as 'The Hills Have Eyes' and 'Piranha 3D,' is lining up his next project...and this time it won't involve killer fish. Aja is in negotiations to direct the big screen adaptation of Image Comics' graphic novel 'Undying Love.' The film would center on a a former soldier who falls in love with a girl, but wouldn't you know it, she's a vampire. In order to continue their relationship, the soldier must destroy the vampire who turned her. Sounds easy enough, right? Oh, but there is the rub that her creator is hiding in the Hong Kong underworld and is protected by an army of monsters; that old chestnut. The script for 'Undying Love' has been penned by the creators of the comic Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. No word yet on when shooting might begin.
Now, I've never read 'Undying Love' so I'm not familiar with its characters or the intricacies of its story arc, but holy hoptoads if that concept doesn't sound amazing. In one film, we have violent ex-soldiers, vampires, gangsters, and monsters thrown in just for good measure. It sounds like a veritable food court of enticements that would have had eight-year-old me drooling over his Fruit Loops. I can't wait to see this collaboration of geeky tropes reigned in under one film and one story. As to Alexandre Aja, I'm actually a big fan of his work. I appreciated 'Piranha 3D' on a purely silly, id-pleasing level. However, and I know I risk scorn from my horrorphile brethren for the next two confessions, I very much liked his French horror film 'High Tension' and genuinely prefer his 'The Hills Have Eyes' to the original. I think he's got the chops to take a wild, somewhat crowded story like the one at the core of 'Undying Love' and turn it into something fantastic.
What do you guys think of Aja? Do you like him for this project? Any 'Undying Love' fans out there that can lend us some extra insight?