When it comes to vampires, reflection just isn’t something they do.
The same is true of Hollywood, which is why it’s unusual — and kind of reassuring — anytime someone accepts the criticism and vows to do better when a movie fails to connect.
Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of the books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night, started the summer with two promising projects, having written the screenplays for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and the historical fantasy mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on his own novel.
Then both films ended up underperforming. “On one hand I got to make two movies with some extraordinary visionary filmmakers,” Grahame-Smith says in a surprisingly frank interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ Gina McIntyre. “On the other, the movies didn’t work. So while it’s great to be on the scoreboard, you also have to own the fact that you’re now 0-2.”
So how does he plan to pull things together for his real-life second act?