Zap2it has an interview with the 30 Days of Night movie's director David (Hard Candy) Slade. In it, Slade says that he hopes to begin production in July, but that no casting has been done yet, so that may be pushed back.
Having seen Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night's writer Steve Niles has expressed a lot of faith in Slade's style and ability, and some of the quotes in the interview help my belief that Slade's the right man for the job.
He says that "there is a degree of responsibility to Ben Templesmith's artwork, which will be reflected in the production design, absolutely." He goes on to say, "We're faced with a tremendous task, which is making a scary vampire film. There aren't many of them. You can count them on two fingers... We're going to try to do our best to make a third one."
And in regards to his approach to the film, Slade says that he wants to make the movie more "visceral than viscous," going on to explain that "viscous is something that is goopy and disgusting and visceral is something that just hits you in the chest, which I believe the graphic novel did when I read it."