Wan hopes to change his fortunes, commercially, if not critically, with his next horror-themed film, Insidious, premiering in several weeks time as part of the Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness program. Insidious reunites Wan with Whannell for their third collaboration (Whannell also wrote Dead Silence). Wan, however, already has his next project lined up. According to Deadline, he's set to direct Nightfall, the big-screen adaptation of a little-known graphic novel published three years ago by Platinum Studios (Cowboys & Aliens). Written by Scott O. Brown with art by Ferran Xalabarder, Nightfall has a simple premise with some potential: a Texas prison secretly run by vampires and a lead character, David Paxton, described as an "industrious, right-wing survivalist" on Amazon.com, who finds himself imprisoned with said vampires and attempts to escape the prison before he becomes their next meal.
Nightfall could be gory, bloody, dumb fun or it could be dull, unengaging, uninspired non-fun. Or worse yet, it could end up as unintentional camp. It's in Wan's hands now, so we'll have to wait another year or, most likely two, before we see the result. Maybe Wan can take give David Slade, the director of 30 Days of Night (let's not mention the obvious cash-grab that was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and instead focus on the positives), a call and ask for pointers. Maybe not.
So what do you think of the premise? Of another graphic-novel-you've-never-heard-of getting picked up for another big-screen adaptation? And what do you think of Wan directing this particular property or Wan's directing skills in general? I'd like to give Wan the benefit of the doubt, but he certainly hasn't made it easy.