Official Press Release
San Diego, CA -30 Days of Night, a new movie being released from Sony Pictures on October 19, joins an ever-growing list of comic books being turned into major motion pictures. This particular release has the distinction of being one of the first horror comics to make the leap to the big screen. Originally released as a comic miniseries by IDW Publishing in 2002, 30 Days of Night is directed by Hard Candy’s David Slade and stars actor Josh Hartnett, making his second appearance in a comic-to-movie project, after 2005’s Sin City.
“30 Days of Night began humbly, as a comic book that initially sold only 3,000 copies. But from there, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind, as the comic went from being the prize in a Hollywood bidding war to being our most successful trade paperback ever,” said Chris Ryall, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing. “Seeing it finally come to life on the big screen is the culmination of many years of work on the part of the book’s creators, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, as well as Ted Adams, IDW’s President who shepherded the book from conception to reality.”
30 Days of Night is the terrifying story of a small Alaskan town overrun by vampires during thirty sunless days of the harsh northern winter. When released, the horrifying vampire tale, by writer Steve Niles and artist Ben Templesmith, shocked the comic book world and quickly became a bona-fide smash hit. It became one of the undisputed success stories of modern comics-spawning a bestselling trade paperback, well-received comic book sequels and the attention of thousands of fans longing for an innovative tale of terror, in addition to a major motion picture deal.
“People are definitely going to see that the comic has come to life on the screen,” says Ryall. After spending a week on the New Zealand-based film set, Ryall witnessed firsthand the great care all involved were taking to accurately translate the visuals to the screen. “It is very faithful to original, from the design of the sets to the appearance of the vampires to even the color scheme being ion keeping with the comic book art. And all of the elements of horror and isolation come across even more on the screen. It’s a really tense, dark, horror movie.”
Much of the translation’s success to screen can be attributed to David Slade, the director. “He was a huge fan of the comic book when it came out in 2002, so it is really faithful to what he liked enjoyed on paper,” says Ryall.
In celebration of the movie release and the fifth anniversary of the release of the original comic, IDW Publishing is publishing a number of 30 Days of Night-related products.
30 Days of Night Scriptbook-The 8 .5″ by 11″ scriptbook will have a host of features in addition to the screenplay by Steve Niles, Stuart Beattie & Brian Nelson. It will include many stills from movie, storyboards of scenes and pictures from the set, as well as some original character art from 30 Days co-creator Ben Templesmith. The 30 Days of Night Script Book will be available in bookstores and comic book stores.
Complete 30 Days of Night Trilogy-This trilogy is a re-release of three 30 Days of Night graphic novels: the original riveting vampire story; 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, the sequel to the first story; and 30 Days of Night; Return to Barrow. All three volumes were created by Niles and Templesmith, and will be presented here as a hardcover volume. The three books will be packaged together in a deluxe slipcase. The Complete 30 Days of Night Trilogy will be available in bookstores and comic book stores.
30 Days of Night #1 Fifth Anniversary Edition-In honor of the fifth anniversary of 30 Days of Night’s release, IDW Publishing is re-releasing the first issue of the 30 Days of Night comic book, which was part of a three-part series. Only 3000 copies of this issue were ever printed, making it a true collectible. 30 Days of Night #1 will be available in comic book shops.
30 Days of Night Sourcebook-After the initial success of 30 Days of Night, fans clamored for more, prompting IDW Publishing to subsequently release direct sequels and other books that expanded the comic book universe. The sourcebook is a primer to the entire world of 30 Days of Night. Set up as an FBI case file, it includes a report summarizing each 30 Days comic that IDW Publishing has released, along with art clipped from each series. The 30 Days of Night Sourcebook will be available in comic book shops.