Vampire terrorists? Are you kidding me? Nope. That’s the tagline for Virgin Comics’ new series “Virulents”, which goes something like: “What’s worst than terrorists? Vampire terrorists!” Yeah, this thing better be a comedy… And according to John Moore, who will be directing the movie version (Virgin Comics basically makes comic books to turn them into movies), his movie will have an “ironic lightness”, whatever that means. The comics take place in the real world, post-9/11, with a squad of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan running across — yup, you guessed it, vampire terrorists in the desert.
Moore goes on to explain to MTV.
“The world’s pretty serious right now, and there’s an ironic lightness in ‘Virulents,’” Moore explained. “There’s a touch of macabre ridiculousness to it. I think we’ve seen a lot of attempts to make serious movies about serious things, and it strikes me that we might be a little more artful about how we make a point [these days].”
Moore is fast to point out a perfect example of a film that subtly addresses his views on social commentary in film. “I think ‘The Dark Knight,’ for example, is probably the most socially relevant film in the past two, three, four years, despite many attempts to make very serious movies,” he said. “‘Dark Knight’ talks to our decision-making ability in the world, whether or not we can distinguish between good and evil, and it’s done in a way more artful form than ramming something down someone’s throat. Which is why ‘Virulents’ appeals to me.”
And according to Moore, he would very much like Mark Wahlberg to sign on the dotted line to star in his film. The two had already worked together on “Max Payne”, and apparently liked each other to do another movie. Of course, “Virulents” has still not been put into production, and getting Wahlberg’s name attached would certainly fast track it, but I’m sure John Moore isn’t thinking about that when he floats the possibility of Wahlberg starring…
Here’s Virgin Comics’ “trailer” for their comic book: