Cirque du Freak,” the big-budget vampire fantasy-adventure that is based on the books by Darren Shan and that was shot in New Orleans over several weeks in spring 2008, has a new name and a new release date, Universal Pictures announced today (July 14).
Now dubbed “The Vampire’s Assistant” — the title of the second book in Shan’s 12-volume “The Saga of Darren Shan” (the first being “Cirque du Freak”) — it is set for wide release on Oct. 23, a Universal spokeswoman said.
It had previously been tentatively scheduled for a January 2010 release.
The movie is based on the first three books in Shan’s saga, which is divided into four three-book cycles. With big-studio backing and a budget said to have exceeded $80 million, the movie stars Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe, Ken Watanabe and Josh Hutcherson in a story about a young boy who, after visiting a decidedly dark freak show, is drawn into the world of vampires.
Paul Weitz directs.