‘The Vampyre: Blood & Ink’ To Start Shooting In The UK

by Thomas Tuna

Older than Dracula.

The Vampyre: Blood & Ink–a new horror film based on John William Polidori’s 19th-Century gothic novel The Vampyre–is in the pipeline from Milky Way Media with two distinguished lead actors on board, according to a report on Deadline.

The film–with a director being kept under the radar and Rosanna Hamlin and Trisha Ward handling the screenplay–is expected to start shooting across the UK and Northern Ireland later this year.

Malcolm McDowell and Derek Jacobi have signed on to headline the feature–along with Frances Barber, Amelia Gething, Amelia Clarkson and Bill Fellows.

The Vampyre–written in 1819–precedes Bram Stoker’s Dracula by almost a century and will act as the springboard for the new film, which follows Lord Ruthven, “a mysterious and magnetic nobleman who captivates London society with his charm,” according to the synopsis.

In the film, Aubrey, a young Englishman, becomes infatuated with Ruthven “and is drawn into a world of secrets and supernatural horror. As he discovers the truth about Ruthven’s sinister nature, he finds himself trapped in a perilous battle against the allure of the vampire’s deadly powers.”

Producer John Ward said Polidori’s novel “was the source for many of the vampire stories we now know and which are so pivotal to centuries of gothic storytelling. This is the origin story that preceded Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula–and it’s time this original version was brought to the big screen.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on The Vampyre: Blood & Ink.


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