Cirque du Freak Movie News!

I had a handful of students who looked for updates on the Cirque du Freak movie on a weekly basis this past year.  I was thrilled when I read the following this morning:

Universal Picturs has announced that the film formerly titled Cirque du Freak has now been renamed The Vampire’s Assistant and will be released on October 23. Source


Finally!  A release date!  The last date my students were able to find had the movie pushed back to February 2010.  They will be thrilled to hear it is coming out in a few short months.  And it’s a perfect for Halloween.  Plus, the cast is awesome- John C. Reilly, Jane Krakowski, Michael Cerveris, Salma Hayek, and Patrick Fugit.  

A new synopsis for the movie was also released:

The Vampire’s Assistant tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from
the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares.

14-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, blood thirsty.