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SDCC: Stewart, Bettany on Priest

The world of the film and the vampires

Legion director Scott Stewart enthusiastically spoke to Shock earlier today about the next project he’s embarking on, Priest. Shooting is expected to begin late next month.

“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It’s totally post-apocalyptic and based on the Korean manga. Hyung Min-Woo who created the book, we walked him through the art department and he was so gracious and so excited. It’s like a cross between The Searchers and Blade Runner. It’s super crazy, industrial theocracy cities and these crazy solar fueled cell motorcycles.”

Stewart added he punched up the script, by Cory Goodman, and “focused on the mythology, expanded the universe. It’s not a sexy vampire movie. It’s a scary vampire movie. They don’t look like people, it’s going to be cool.”

The director’s leading man, Paul Bettany, agrees. “Our vampires are really grisly. Stakes don’t quite do the trick.” Bettany also stars for Stewart in Legion, in which he plays the archangel Michael. Priest finds him as a “vampire slaying priest and it’s very western. Hopefully very chic and exciting.”

He’ll co-star with Cam Gigandet when Priest opens on August 12, 2010.

Source: Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor