Helmer Bayer creeps up on 'Dark' redo


Sam Bayer is in negotiations to direct "Near Dark," the remake of the cult vampire movie Platinum Dunes is producing for Rogue Pictures.

Like the 1987 original by Kathryn Bigelow, the remake centers on a young man who reluctantly joins a traveling "family" of evil vampires after the girl he tried to seduce bites him and turns him into one.

Christopher Landon ("Disturbia") is rewriting the script.

Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing.

Bayer, one of the big names in music videos and commercials -- he directed Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" clip -- recently won a MTV Video Music Award for helming Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around" video that starred Scarlett Johansson.

He is repped by Endeavor and Anonymous Content.