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Steve Niles' '30 Days' Bites Into Video

26 Feb, 2008 By: Billy Gil

30 Days of Night

Often times with a graphic novelist, such as Frank Miller (Sin City and 300), their work is created outside of Hollywood sights, only to be discovered by studio eyes years later. Steve Niles pitched 30 Days of Night first as a film, then later created the graphic novel when studios wouldn't bite.

“Across the board the response was it sounds like ‘Buffy' or it sounds like ‘Blade,’ Niles said. “I just threw it in my rejected pitch drawer.”

Niles then created the graphic novel with artist Ben Templesmith about vampires feeding on a town in Alaska where the sun doesn't shine for 65 consecutive days, which was published by IDW Publishing in 2002. The comic book series proved successful enough to garner interest from Hollywood, and the film was produced by Columbia Pictures, Dark Horse Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures, and directed by David Slade (Hard Candy).

“People came back asking why I hadn't pitched it to them,” Niles said. “It was all in the wrong order, but somehow it all came out.”

Niles appears in a pre-production featurette on the DVD ($28.95) and Blu-ray Disc ($38.96) of 30 Days of Night, which hit stores Feb. 26. Both include seven more behind-the-scenes featurettes, as well as a filmmaker and cast commentary with stars Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and producer Rob Tapert, and an episode of the animated show “Blood+.” The Blu-ray also includes a graphic-novel-to-film comparison.

“If you read the graphic novel, there's a whole subplot involving the vampires,” Niles explains. “They speak English … and they have their own personal politics going on. …[The vampires] love silly stuff like Count Chocula and Bella Lugosi because that's what they hide behind.”

The film also is available on UMD ($24.94).

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