Navajo Vampire Tale ‘Second Sunrise’ in the Works as Movie

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The Romero Co. has acquired movie rights to Navajo vampire story “Second Sunrise” with Eddie Spears (“Hell on Wheels”), Sage Galesi, Balthazar Getty (“Brothers & Sisters”) and A. Martinez starring.

Joanelle Romero will direct from a script by Carolyn Dunn and E.C. Galesi. She will produce for Red Nation Films along with Rosemary Parks (“Thirteen”).

“Second Sunrise” is being developed as a franchise starter, based on the first of four novels in the Lee Nez series, written by David and Aimee Thurlo. “Pale Death,” “Blood Retribution” and “Surrogate Evil” are the other books. The story, set in New Mexico, brings a Navajo vampire and a no-nonsense FBI agent together to battle shapeshifters and stop a power-mad Nazi.

Romero said the success of Lionsgate’s “Twilight Saga” franchise bodes well for her vampire stories. “Never before has there been an American Indian feature film that has the opportunity to break through at the box office,” she said.

Romero’s credits include the documentary “American Holocaust: When It’s All Over I’ll Still Be Indian.” She also starred with Martinez in “Pow Wow Highway,” produced by George Harrison, and founded the Red Nation Film Festival in 2003.

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  1. Jo Hogan says:

    This will be epic and i can’t wait until it’s made. Hopefully it will break through at the box office because not every area in the usa can see Native movies, I live in very rual Tennessee and if it isnt Star Wars or Fast and Furious or something staring Brad Pitt then it wont be seen near here. This needs to be brought to light. We need a Native channel on cable and satellite . Thank you Joanelle for all you do to bring Native to main stream!

  2. William Bob says:

    Wow another movie with Natives being plaid by every other nationality except natives. Awesome

    • CNU says:

      Lee Spears is Lakota, and he’s playing Lee Nez, the main protagonist, and the only one of the “main characters” that was American Indian as I recall from the 1st book, so yeah you’re complaint is invalid.

  3. Kim says:

    This sounds like the dumberst f*cking storyline I have ever heard.
    But yeah, just have him rip his shirt off for no reason and flocks of tweens and desperate soccer mums will follow.

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