The 1987 vampire classic Near Dark has been on the industry's equivalent of death row for a while, with Michael Bay producing a remake for Rogue Pictures. But Twilight just issued a stay of execution.

Co-producer Brad Fuller told Empire today that the teen bloodsucker romance was not only too stylistically close to his idea for the remake of Kathryn Bigelow's original, but that conceptually, "Near Dark and Twilight are too similar in terms of a vampire movie."

They are? A human falls in love with a vampire? Havoc ensues? If he says so. Of course, Fuller acknowledges Near Dark would have been Twilight's sexier, darker, R-rated big brother — less sparkles, more splatter. But nevertheless, with all the newer film's success, “It’s not the right time to make that.” Lest anyone be accused of unoriginality. Ahem.