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Cold-Blooded Vampires Hot Again

by Tippi Blevins May 6, 2008 4:26 pm
Cold-Blooded Vampires Hot Again Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures has picked up a spec script for The Knights Templar from relative newcomer, Adam Torchia. As you can probably tell from the title, the pic is about the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, more commonly known by the much catchier "Knights Templar." Sounds logical, right? But don't expect close adherence to the historical facts of the Middle Ages: These knights will be fighting vampires.

The what in the where now? Knights and vampires? According to the article, the knights are "forced to fend off an invading vampire army set on destroying the Holy Grail." So basically, it sounds like it's a bunch of knights, it's some time in the twelfth century or so, they've just come home from the Crusades and they're so tired they're about to fall off their horses faster than you can say "Jerusalem or bust!" Suddenly there are vampires to deal with, and they're trying to make off with Jesus's favorite cup.

Seems like any time something gets "hot," it starts showing up everywhere and in everything, whether or not its inclusion makes much sense. Remember when suddenly you couldn't buy anything without vanilla in it? Vanilla toothpaste, vanilla perfume, vanilla bathroom deodorizer. There's even vanilla deodorant because who doesn't want to smell like they've crammed fresh-baked foodstuffs into their armpits? So it is with vampires, who seem to go through cycles of popularity every few years. Right now they appear to be at a peak: A vampire movie recently won top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBS's Moonlight is doing fairly well in a fairly crummy time slot, and the MTV Movies Blog is reporting so often on the upcoming Twilight movie you'd almost think they'd found the Holy Grail. I guess at this point, adding vamps to a plot just seems like a safe (if occasionally downright puzzling) bet.

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