D.C. Now Hip Enough for Vampires
No doubt about it: Since the changeover in administrations, Washington, D.C. has become a veritable magnet for celebs, for once actually earning it the moniker "Hollywood on the Potomac." So it isn't too surprising to find that in the wake of the star-studded inaugural events, first lady Michelle Obama's high-wattage White House visitors, TMZ's arrival in town and tomorrow's planned TV-magic 20-foot fireball over the Potomac that D.C. has reached the ultimate in hip factor: vampires.
In a deal announced yesterday, author Christopher Farnsworth has signed a three-book deal for his "Blood Oath" series of books about a vampire "sworn to protect the U.S. president against supernatural threats." Think of it as "Twilight" meets "In the Line of Fire." And, not surprisingly, the series has already attracted some attention from Hollywood, though a movie deal has yet to be announced.
I talked to Farnsworth via e-mail about his inspiration and what a vampire could do for the Obama administration:
Liz: What motivated you to put together politics and vampires?
Chris Farnsworth: This is based -- very loosely -- on an actual historical event. President Andrew Johnson, during his term in office, pardoned a man accused of vampirism. Since I've got sort of a twisted mind, I wondered what would have happened if the man was actually a vampire, and what could have motivated Johnson. From there, it snowballed. To me, it makes a weird kind of sense: this is the President of the United States of America, the leader of the free world. Of course he has his own vampire.
Liz: Any interest from Hollywood?
CF: Justin Manask, who specializes in placing books with producers to adapt them, has the novel and is making the rounds with it. We've had some strong interest from some big names, but nothing is finalized yet.
Liz: Who would be on your pie-in-the-sky wishlist to play the main characters?
CF: I'm really bad at these questions. In the time I've been a screenwriter, this always comes up in meetings: "Who do you see in this role?" And I usually go back to actors in classic films. I once answered "Steve McQueen" for a story I was pitching, and the producer responded, "I meant someone not dead."
Of course, if Will Smith wants to play him, that's cool, too.
Liz: What's the target age for your books? Is this something Sasha and Malia can read or is it more Barack age-appropriate?
CF: More Barack age-appropriate. Definitely. This vampire is sworn to protect the United States and the President, no matter what. He's not a sensitive guy. He leaves a lot of bodies in his wake.
Liz: What kind of help could a vampire lend President Obama?
CF: A couple midnight visits, and the AIG executives would beg to give that bonus money back.
| March 24, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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