Butler Uncollars Priest
Category: Priest News (Archived) | Posted by: admin
Article Date: July 23, 2006 | Publication: Sci Fi Wire | Author: Editors
Gerard Butler, who stars in the upcoming film adaptation of the comic book Priest, told SCI FI Wire that the movie will be a "vampire western" and will begin shooting in Oct. 22 in New Mexico. "I believe it's Santa Fe, I'm not quite sure. ... This is actually ... a vampire flick, but with a real western feel to it. So it's kind of a really interesting idea," Butler said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego July 22. "And [it will] be a kind of cool thing to be doing that in the desert."
Butler plays a vampire-hunting cleric who must pick up his old ways, against the will of the church, to track down bloodsuckers in a dystopic future West after his niece is kidnapped. "You know what it feels like?" Butler asked. "It feels almost like a kind of Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven. That kind of movie. Somebody who's had his day of being at his peak, and now it's past, and yet he's been called to have a bigger test than he's ever had before. So it's ... Unforgiven, Mad Max, but with the feel of The Searchers, you know, the John Wayne [movie], It's a bit difficult to throw all those movies together to give you kind of a feel." The film is eyeing a 2008 release.