Probably Because It’s Not Based On A True Story
Remember this summer when Hilary Swank was attached to the John Carpenter project “Fangland“? No? That’s okay, because we sort of forgot too. But speaking to Empire at the London Film Festival premiere of “Conviction,” she denied any involvement with the picture saying, “I guess that’s why they call it a rumour, huh?”
The project is an adaptation of the novel by John Marks, and the story centers on Evangeline Harker, a television reporter for a “60 Minutes” type show who is abducted and “infected” by a Romanian crime lord in a modern day take on the Dracula story. Empire calls it “a post 9/11 reworking of Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” which kind of sounds awful. No word why Swank has moved on, but perhaps because Carpenter’s latest film “The Ward” unspooled at TIFF and didn’t receive the best notices? Or maybe she realized that it wasn’t based on the true story of a woman who defies all odds to overcome obstacles to become the best ever in her field of expertise.
At any rate, you can catch Swank doing her “true story” thing in “Conviction” in theaters now. And if you want to see Horror Movie Swank, she stars in “The Resident,” which will hit theaters next year.