Onetime vampire interviewer Christian Slater will be chasing ghouls in his next movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the erstwhile Hollywood leading man is hoping to launch his own film franchise with ''Alone in the Dark,'' based on the action/horror videogame series. He'll play supernatural sleuth Edward Carnby in the movie, based on the most recent game, 2001's ''Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.'' The Artisan movie, budgeted at a bargain-rate $20 million, starts shooting July 14 in Vancouver.
''Alone,'' which launched on PC in 1993, is considered a pioneering horror game, having influenced such games as Capcom's ''Resident Evil'' (also now an action/horror franchise, with Milla Jovovich filming the second installment for Sony this summer in Toronto). In the movie version of ''Alone in the Dark,'' whose release next year will be timed to coincide with the arrival of Atari's fifth ''Alone'' game, Slater's detective investigates a friend's death with a female anthropologist, and together they discover a gateway to hell.
Director Uwe Boll believes he can make a franchise out of ''Alone,'' as well as out of the zombie-themed ''House of the Dead'' games. He's already set to release his first ''House of the Dead'' movie this fall, also via Artisan, and he'll shoot the first sequel later this year.