Movie: The Art of Immortality
Some day I’ll have to actually get around to writing one of those ‘top 20’ style lists that people seem to love (writing) these days. I say that only because I periodically catching myself referring to particular movies as ‘definitely in my top 20 favourite movies of all time’ when, in reality, I’ve probably said that about 50 or so films… Math has never been one of my strong points.
One film, however — no matter how many appalling sequels are made — that will always be in that list, is the first Highlander movie. I love that movie for many reasons, but the one I’m the least ashamed of is an appreciation of Russell Mulcahy’s fluid and original style of direction… oh, and all the awesome Queen tracks.
Having said that, my appreciation for Mulcahy doesn’t alleviate any of the scepticism I have about the quality of the upcoming (third) Resident Evil movie, Resident Evil: Extinction. Why? To put it simply: Paul WS Anderson.
I don’t mean to bash the guy — hell, I even went so far as to say that I enjoyed Alien vs Predator — but the fact remains that his movies are usually, completely devoid of appreciable character development. And you only need look as far as the past two Resident Evil movies for evidence of that. However this post isn’t intended to be about Anderson or Resident Evil for that matter (which incidentally, hits Australian cinemas on the 11th of October).
No, what caused my interest to peek, particularly back in Mulcahy’s direction, is the news that he’s going to be directing the movie adaptation of the Steven-Elliot Altman novel ‘Zen in the art of Slaying Vampires’.
Altman’s name has appeared on more than a couple of comic book related novels, including ‘Captain America is dead’ and the Batman novel ‘Fear itself’. He has also shared writing credits on the Graphic Novels ‘The Irregulars’ and ‘Catholic Schoolgirls of the Appocalypse’.
Zen in the art of Slaying Vampires, the first in a three book series, tells the story of a man who, after being attacked, finds his partner dead and that he has been transformed:
Straining to overcome his murderous instincts through zen meditation and blood deprivation he is reclaimed by The Ministry, an underground society waging war with the undead. Again and again he will find his will to resist tested by the killers who demand his allegiance and the zen masters who will burn him down at his first missed step as he strives to walk a tightrope between the living and the dead… to master himself and the way of the wooden stake.
This is about as much as I know about this movie at the moment, however it and Mulcahy’s involvement, is enough to have put this project on my radar now and I’ll be keeping my ear to the ground in an effort to find out more as the project develops… particularly in the casting department. [source] [source]