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Cirque du Freak Becomes The Vampire’s Assistant

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It’s with some shame that I confess to having never read Darren Shan’s book series Cirque du Freak. Not yet, at least. I pride myself on staying atop the genre’s writers, but Shan continues to elude me. He hasn’t eluded Hollywood, however, as Universal is gearing up to release the big budget adaptation of Cirque this fall – only now there’s a title change to contend with.

Universal announced today via Twitter that Cirque du Freak will now be released theatrically on October 23 (a move up from January 15, 2010, as reported previously) under the new title The Vampire’s Assistant. It’s a name change that may seem a little strange at first, but it’s actually the title of Shan’s second book in the series.

The Vampire’s Assistant tells the story of a young runaway (Chris Massoglia) who reluctantly becomes the right-hand man of a bloodsucker set against the backdrop of the Cirque du Freak. We’ll find out this fall whether or not the film lives up to the books (which I understand have a pretty passionate following).

MattFini

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