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The Vampyre is a upcoming British horror film, written and directed by Rowan M. Ashe, and produced by Britannia Pictures. It is an adaptation of the short story of the same name by John William Polidori.
The Vampyre follows a young Englishman and his sister who fall victim to the control of a mysterious aristocrat, Lord Ruthen. With his sister promised to Ruthven, Aubrey is taken under his wing as he travels the continent with his host. Arriving in Italy Aubrey becomes worried about Ruthven's increasingly foolish antics and they part ways.
Aubrey continues his journey, visiting Greece where he falls for an Athenian girl named Ianthe. Sinister events follow Aubrey and the sudden arrival of Ruthven after a creature attacks a local village leads to further suspicions.
With his ever increasing power over Aubrey and his family and Ruthven's undeniably monstrous behaviour, can they escape his clutches?
Casting for The Vampyre is due to be released early 2018.
On December 23, 2016, Britannia Pictures confirmed that a feature-length adaptation will be made of John William Polidori's short story of the same name. Polidori's The Vampyre is seen as the progenitor of vampire fiction.
Production on the film is due to commence in late 2018, with filming taking place across multiple European countries including England, Germany, Italy and Greece.