Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
William Shakespeare has inspired some unusual adaptations but turning Romeo and Juliet into a love story between a vampire and a werewolf in Underworld (opening September 19 throughout San Diego) may be the strangest. The two households in this case are the aristocratic house of the vampire clan and the more feral house of the Lycans (as in lycanthrope). The creatorsdirector Len Wiseman, writer Danny McBride and actor-idea man Kevin Greviouxwere at Comic Con earlier this year boasting about the originality of their concept and of pairing vampires and werewolves together. But on the panel immediately following them, another new film, Helsing, also bragged about bringing the two horror clans of bloodsuckers and lycanthropes together and even with the same star, Kate Beckinsale in the lead. So, originality in Hollywood obviously has a different meaning than elsewhere.