SDCC 2022: Zombies vs. Vampires

2009 was the year of the first SDCC Zombie Walk. Originally, it was part of a nationwide campaign for “Zombieland.” When I started attending SDCC, I thought Zombie Walk was somehow related to “The Walking Dead” (2010-2022).

At previous versions of SDCC, TWD took up residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade every SDCC and fans have come to expect something there so much that there was some grumbling when the HBO building for their “House of the Dragon” went up this year. AMC Networks always showed appreciation to their fans, and even with the series finale panel on Friday and no TWD activation in place, the team behind TWD was ready to give their fans one last SDCC experience to remember. AMC Networks transformed the Skylight Terrace and Gaslamp Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Hotel into a Walking Dead Fan Celebration, which featured free custom t-shirts, drinks, small bites and a raffle for prizes. Each party goer received a small bag on arrival containing two drink tickets, three enamel pins randomly selected from a group of 12 Walking Dead icons and a Commonwealth Raffle ticket. Props and costumes from the show were on display. You can even get some professional Walking Dead makeup. As the party began to swing, according to SDCCblog.comexecutive producer Greg Nicotero, actor Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), and Cailey Fleming (Judith Grimes) performed and interacted with fans.

The third block of Season 11 will begin airing on October 2, 2022, as the cast moves towards a “day of reckoning”. Zombies haven’t left SDCC, where “Fear of the Walking Dead” continues and the six-episode “Tales of the Walking Dead” is set to premiere on Aug. 14, 2022, with a spinoff series in the works.

The question is, will another horror item emerge to replace them at SDCC? Will Anne Rice fans and vampire fans are embracing AMC’s “Interview with the vampire,” a gothic horror television series created by Rolin Jones based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name? The series will premiere on AMC on October 2, 2022. Eric Bogosian plays journalist Daniel Malloy. Sam Reid plays the vampire Lestat. Jacob Andersen is Louis de Pointe du Lac, the vampire being interviewed.

Executive producer Mark Johnson said during a press conference that “Anne Rice’s vampires are unique, in large part, because they are human. They are not outside of being human. We are them. They suffer everything we suffer. We can identify and embrace them , because they want the same things we want.”

Jacob Anderson (Raleigh Ritchie is the name he uses as a musician) commented, “Rice adaptations are known for having really great music” and because “Rolin has an encyclopedic knowledge of music, and that’s definitely reflected in the show.” He also noted that Lestat is a musician. From his perspective: “It’s the story of a very dysfunctional family. I don’t feel like I’ve ever seen these vampires before in any vampire medium.”

The new TV series based on Rice’s 1976 novel, this will be a different creature than the 1994 horror film directed by Neil Jordancontributor Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt like Louis.

Bass admitted, “I wasn’t familiar with ‘Interview with the Vampire’ when I auditioned. As I got closer to callbacks, I watched the movie (because) it was the fastest way to understand Claudia.”

Anderson said: “It was a great movie and I saw it when I was a teenager. I was kind of tempted to watch it before we started shooting, but I didn’t because I didn’t want it to be an answer to it.”

Reid noted, “It was extraordinary to read the script for something I had already loved and then to play a character that I had admired for years.” On the movie: “I loved it and I saw the movie when it came out. I saw it again recently, just by chance. I think it exists in its own world. We’re completely different. The original source material is so rich that there should be more adaptations. We’re bringing in the whole universe; we’re bringing in all the books, things that they didn’t really get to touch.”

Bass noted, “What we have to do is expand the way she actually feels. She’s stuck in this younger body; her brain never develops. They say the prefrontal cortex doesn’t develop until you’re 25 … She does” She doesn’t. She will always act on feelings first.” Bass portrays Claudia from 14 to 37 in the first season.

Of course, most people in New Orleans are familiar with Anne Rice. But because the production shoots scenes that mostly take place at night, the series production designer Mara LePere-Schloop noted that they were unable to “shut down the French Quarter for months” as well as portray a “time progression”, so that meant they had to build a set. Otherwise, we don’t get to see “Storyville go through the Depression and its closure.” Historically, Storyville was demolished in the 1940s and turned into public housing. It was an area of ​​town that was full of brothels and bars and speakeasies. It eventually went to what is now Bourbon Street. (Faubourg) Shake is the nearest geographical and architectural neighbor to the history book was. For that reason is Shake was used.

In the 1994 film, Christian Slater, who played journalist Daniel, was only 25. Eric Bogosian is 69. That alone gives a different perspective. Bogosian said, “The first step for me in becoming Daniel Malloy was looking in the mirror. Because my life arc is very similar to this character’s. I had a very rough time when I was in my late twenties, thirties and then ended up in a very nice place in the forties.”

For those who aren’t “Law & Order” fans, from 2006-2010, Bogosian portrayed Captain Danny Ross in 61 episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Bogosian was in his fifties at the time, but in the 1980s Bogosian was once nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1988 “Talk Radio“). He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award several times, winning in 1986 for his one-man show “Drinking in America” ​​in 1986.

Bogosian continued, “Now I’m in my sixties; and it’s like the glory days were back there. That doesn’t happen anymore. You take that and you transfer it to Daniel Malloy, and he’s the kid in the book who’s very ambitious . In our version, he has some habits that aren’t the best habits. Anyway, he searches and he finds this vampire thing, and it becomes this huge event in his life. Now go forward. He’s actually been a very successful writer; he’s a really good journalist. He understands the story and he’s actually won a couple of Pulitzers. So he’s a bad journalist. That’s where I really don’t like this character. This guy is willing to risk it whole to get the story. And when this story lands on his doorstep again, to interview the vampire. He says, ‘This is dangerous, but this could be it. This could be my last chance at glory’.”

As others have noted, we don’t know if we can really trust Louis. Bogosian said, “It’s a wrestling match between Daniel and Louis as far as: Where’s the truth? What’s the real story. What really happened?”

“Interview with the Vampire” will premiere on AMC on October 2, 2022 with eight episodes. Episodes will also stream on AMC+.

Vampires are also the focus of the Hulu TV series, “What we do in the shadows.” The television series is based on the 2014 New Zealand rockumentary horror comedy film written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The Hall H panel previewed the fourth episode before its July 26, 2022 release, “The Night Market”.

Harvey Guillen, who played Guillermo de la Cruz, Nandor’s long-suffering Latino acquaintance, has an important role in that episode and talked about the importance of Latino representation, something that was also noted in the more grimly realistic earlier panel for “Mayans MC” ( which announced its fifth season renewal at SDCC). “Representation matters,” Guillén said, even in something like a “goth dark comedy … I’d like to hopefully be one of many. Viva la Raza.”

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