Cirque du Freak in 2009

Universal Studios lists this title among their releases for 2009, but no specific date has been set as of yet. Check out this excerpt from the press kit for more information:

Cirque Du Freak 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, bloodthirsty.
Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what’s left of his humanity.

  • Cast: John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Patrick Fugit, Ray Stevenson, Michael Cerveris, Frankie Faison, Jane Krakowski, Jones, Kristen Schaal and Salma Hayek
  • Directed by: Paul Weitz
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland, Paul Weitz
  • Based on the Book Series by: Darren Shan
  • Producers: Lauren Shuler Donner, Paul Weitz, Ewan Leslie
  • Executive Producers: Dan Kolsrud, Andrew Miano, Kerry Kohansky, Sarah Radyclyffe, Courtney Pledger


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