from Backstage... - JON's squeezing in as much R&R as he can over the holidays as he preps for his upcoming role in VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS (keep in mind, that's a working title and may change.) JBJ is the leading man, heading up a team of vampire slayers. Filming begins in early January down in Mexico and continues through March...

Jon Bon Jovi - 'I'm doing a vampire movie starting next month is called 'Los Meurtos' at the moment but they're going to work on that title, I don't like it too much. It translates as 'The Dead'. It's a vampire movie set in Mexico. I'm a vampire hunter - the hero.

Friday November 3 4:56 AM ET

Bon Jovi Will Vamp for Carpenter Picture
By Dana Harris

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, currently in theaters with ``Pay It Forward,'' has been cast as the lead in ''John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos.''

Production will begin early next year on locations in Mexico. The project is being developed by Screen Gems, the mid-budget arm of Sony Pictures.

``Jon has terrific screen presence and sex appeal and the acting chops to match,'' Screen Gems executive VP Clint Culpepper said.

Bon Jovi's recent credits include ``U-571'' and ``No Looking Back.'' His eponymous band will be performing at next year's Super Bowl.

Carpenter's credits include the 1998 ``Vampires,'' starring James Woods. Screen Gems recently completed principal photography on the sci-fi action film ``John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars,'' which stars Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube and Jason Statham. It will be released next summer.

Behind the scene pictures from Mexico movie set: