Neil Jordan’s Byzantium Lands Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as Lead Bloodsuckers

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No rest for the wicked as more news is coming out of Cannes today, this time involving Oscar-winning filmmaker Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, a female vampire movie with Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton cast in the leads.

Gemma Arterton, ByzantiumPer THR, the original script was penned by Moira Buffini and details the story of a mother vampire (Arterton, pictured) who turns her own daughter (Ronan) into a vampire, and the pair form a lethal partnership, sometimes posing as sisters.

The £8 million ($11 million) budgeted movie is set to shoot in October.

Byzantium finds Jordan reuniting with producer Stephen Woolley, with whom he has made several movies dating back to 1984’s The Company of Wolves, based on Angela Carter’s novel. Woolley also produced Jordan’s The Crying Game, and they last worked together on Breakfast on Pluto in 2005.

I love the horror genre, and we’ve been working on this for three or four years. I sent it to Neil and he liked the script,” Woolley said. The original script is based on a youth theater play by Buffini but has been taken to a slightly more adult, darker level.

Sounds promising. Keep it here for more as it comes.

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