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Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan for Neil Jordan vampire flick

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Story by Jack Foley

GEMMA Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are to play a vampire mother and daughter in a new film from Oscar winning filmmaker Neil Jordan.

Byzantium, based on an original script by Moira Buffini, chronicles the story of a mother vampire who turns her own daughter into a vampire.

They subsequently form a lethal partnership, sometimes posing as sisters.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ronan and Arterton will play the lead bloodsuckers, with support coming from Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Jeremy Irvine.

Shooting is due to begin in October with a budget rumoured to be £8 million ($11 million).

Commenting on the project at Cannes, producer Stephen Woolley, who has previously worked on Jordan films The Company of Wolves, The Crying Game and Breakfast on Pluto, said: “I love the horror genre and we’ve been working on this for three or four years.

“I sent it to Neil and he liked the script. We’d both recently revisited Angela Carter’s book and it was just chance that when I called [Jordan], we were thinking along the same lines.”

The original script is based on a youth theatre play by Buffini but has been taken to a slightly more adult, darker level, Woolley added.

BBC Films and the British Film Institute, which now has lottery funding duties since the end of the UK Film Council, are also behind the pic.

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