John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) is ready to sink his teeth into the lead vampire role in Cirque du Freak for Universal, according to Variety.

Paul Weitz wrote and will direct the adaptation of the bestselling children's series by Darren Shan.

Reilly will play a vampire who drafts a 14-year old to serve as his assistant. The youth is turned into a half-vampire and becomes the catalyst in a battle between vampires and the rival Vampanese.

Production begins in February.