Owen Wilson to headline "vampire-buddy comedy"

Owen Wilson has made his non-Wes Anderson career out of variations on the buddy comedy (Night at the Museum, Starsky & Hutch, the Shanghai cycle), and it looks like he’s sticking with it. The actor will produce and star in Blood Brothers, which will adopt a supernatural take on the classic genre with the story of a man whose best friend turns out to be a vampire.

SpyGlass Entertainment will produce the horror-comedy just as the company's Ghost Town earned some of the best reviews of the year for a mainstream comedy. Wilson will play the fangless friend in a movie that sounds like it’s poised to play comically off the old Hollywood penchant to use vampires as lurid allegory. (Think all that talk about “coming out of the coffin” on HBO’s True Blood.)

The film is still a few years off, but it’ll likely be the first in a series of related flicks as vampires enjoy a resurgence of interest as everything from brooding boy-toys to social parable. No word on who will pick up the vamp role opposite Wilson just yet, but to our fellow X-Files fans out there, isn’t it obvious?

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