Neil Jordan returns to bloodsucking with Byzantium
by Naman Ramachandran
Seventeen years after 1994’s Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, and 27 years after 1984’s The Company Of Wolves that was based on Angela Carter’s bestselling novel, celebrated Irish director Neil Jordan (pictured) is set to return to the genre with Byzantium.
Principal photography will commence at UK locations in December and then continue in Ireland until February. Written by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre [+see also:
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IFTA-winning Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Hanna [+see also:
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Parallel’s Alan Moloney (Triage [+see also:
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Moloney said, "The investment by the IFB in Byzantium will ensure that the project can be produced in Ireland, bringing with it international investment and ensuring Irish talent are attached to it. The Irish film and television industry has major potential for future growth and delivering a strong return to the Irish exchequer in terms of job creation."