“30 Days of Night” may not have broken the box office when it was released in 2007, but it did make just north of $75 million worldwide (and just south of $40 million in the U.S.), which doesn’t translate into a theatrical sequel, but more than plenty for a direct-to-DVD release. According to Steve Niles, the writer and comic book creator of the “30 Days of Night” series, a sequel is on the way, and it’s going straight to DVD.
Niles told MTV:
“We didn’t hit that magic $100 million, but I had a long talk with Sam,” explained Niles. “He called me and just said, ‘Don’t be too quick to judge this direct-to-DVD market, especially with the sci-fi market.’”
“This way we’d be able to do all the comics,” reasoned Niles. “We won’t have the massive competition of the box office, and theoretically, we could move on to ‘Return to Barrow’ and to the other series and short stories.”
“Dark Days”, the second comic book series after the original “30 Days of Night”, picks up with Barrow survivor Stella as she goes on a book tour of the United States warning people of the vampire populace. This results in vampires coming out of the woodworks to silence her. Unfortunately for them, Stella is prepared, and she’s got plenty of friends to help out.
According to Niles, he’s finished the script, which means they’ll be casting and moving into production soon enough. The original starred Melissa George as Stella, though it’s highly unlikely she would return for a direct-to-DVD sequel.
Below: Stella’s got her groove back.