It was a terrific surprise to learn this week that Nick Damici and Connor Paolo are back reprising their roles as Mister and Martin in The Stakelander. The up-until-now hush-hush sequel to the 2010’s vampire-apocalypse film, Stake land that just wrapped shooting in Saskatchewan. Producer Peter Phok has said about filming The Stakelander: “It has been so rewarding to bring such energetic and intelligent talents in Dan and Robert to further the story of Martin and Mister in the world of Stake Land. Filming this world in Saskatchewan offered a multitude of breathtaking vast landscapes along with tremendous resources provided through Creative Saskatchewan and the local union crew, who were affable, professional, and incredibly hard working. We also found a number of strong local performers, who we are proud to have cast into The Stakelander.”
The sequel is based on a screenplay from Damici, who co-wrote Stake Land with the original film’s director, Jim Mickle. Set several years after the events of the first film and is directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, the directors of last year’s thriller, Body.
The Stakelander follows Paolo’s Martin, alone in the badlands of America after his the destruction of his home with the distant memory of his vampire-hunting mentor, Mister, guiding him. Martin is roaming the steadily decaying wilderness for the one man who can help him get his revenge. Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films, which is producing the movie with Glass Eye Pix, said in a statement: “Jim Mickle’s Stake Land has long been an audience favourite. The film was embraced by fans across the world and we are thrilled to see Nick Damici reprise his role of Mister, the vampire hunter.”
The Stakelander costars Laura Abramsen, AC Peterson, Bonnie Dennison, Kristina Hughes, and Steven Williams. The film is co-produced by Mark Montague of Berserker Entertainment (Raven Banner Entertainment’s production arm) and the Syfy Channel, where The Stakelander will premiere as a Syfy Original.
Stake Land created a truly unique world in 2010 that will be every bit as exciting to return to with The Stakelander.