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DAYBREAKERS

About The Production
Following the success of their debut zombie horror film, UNDEAD, writer/directors Peter and Michael Spierig decided to take on the vampire genre with their sci-fi thriller, DAYBREAKERS. But instead of referencing the familiar gothic strains of Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, the brothers ushered vampires into the future, imagining a sleek, not-too-distant world in which everyone, from school-children to CEOs, is a bloodsucker. "DAYBREAKERS questions how we would adapt if we all became vampires tomorrow,” explains Michael Spierig. "It twists the rules of typical vampire movies without discarding or disrespecting what we love about the genre.”

The Spierigs' ingenuity and sly sense of humor is on full display during the film's opening sequence, which depicts vampires commuting to work in the dark and lining up for shots of blood at Starbuck's. "Instead of hiding out in caves, castles, or traditional underground dwellings, vampires have chosen to accept their place in life (or death) and returned to the suburbs,” says Peter Spierig. "They have continued on with their day-to-day, or now, night-to-night existence only with slight vampire modifications.”

But being at the top of the food chain has its perils. Human beings – the vampires' only food supply – comprise only about 5% of earth's total population, and their numbers are rapidly dwindling. The mass panic of a population on the brink of exhausting its once-plentiful resources has obvious relevance to our current global state. "DAYBREAKERS is a lot like the great science fiction films that were made during the 1950s,” posits producer Chris Brown. "They commented on what happened politically in their time, in terms of communism or the bomb. And so it's exciting that DAYBREAKERS does the same thing. There's plenty of blood and violence to please genre fans, but the movie has something to say.”

"There's something almost punk rock about the old genre movies and I felt that immediately with DAYBREAKERS,” adds Ethan Hawke, who plays Ed Dalton, a hematologist who is also a vampire. "There's this kind of deep counterculture vein running through it.”

"We love this genre; it's what we grew up on,” avows Michael Spierig. "Ever since we can remember, sci-fi/horror movies have fascinated and excited us. Not just because of the visceral thrills a good horror picture can evoke, but because, quite simply, the creative possibilities are endless.”

After selling a 16-page treatment of DAYBREAKERS to Lionsgate, Michael and Peter Spierig developed the script with the company for over two years. Producer Chris Brown was stunned by the first draft he read. "It was such an original idea. Genre is great fun, but the thing that made this script so exciting is that it was a new take on a very established form.” From the moment of their first meeting, Peter and Michael Spierig knew they had found the ideal producer in Brown. "All our references were the same and we'd all seen the same movies,” says Brown. "In fact, I think I may have seen even more horror movies than they had! The three of us are huge sci-fi/horror fans so that first meeting was like a genre convention!”

When it came to casting the part of Ed Dalton, the brothers dreamed of having Ethan Hawke commit to the role, having written the part with the star in mind. "We've always really liked the choices Ethan has made as an actor,” explains Michael Spierig. "He picks very interesting films. He's intelligent, vulnerable and interesting. We didn't know if he'd be interested or not, but he was the one we always wanted.”

Hawke admits he was initially wary of committing to a genre project, but the script's thematic complexity appealed to him immediately. "I had absolutely no intention of liking it,” he recalls. "I decided that I'd give it ten pages, and by page five I knew that I was going to do it. I could tell right away that the story was

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