Breck Eisner May Direct a 'Blood of the Innocent' Adaptation
More vampire movies? Yes indeed. Until Twilight stops making money (which will probably be in the year 2015), Hollywood is head over heels for all things vampire. FEARnet (via STYD) has posted a story about a new project that director Breck Eisner (Sahara, The Crazies) is currently developing. They were speaking with comic book author Mark Wheatley who revealed quite a bit about Eisner's future. While he is working on the Escape from New York remake right now, he's recently been pitching an adaptation of the Blood of the Innocent comics, that are described as "Dracula versus Jack the Ripper." Okay, I'll bite (a bad joke).
Blood of the Innocent was one of the first American comic book series to be published weekly back in 1985. Wheatley is one of the creators along with Rickey Shanklin and Marc Hempel. In addition to being Dracula vs Jack the Ripper, Wheatley also explains that "an underpinning of the story is a romance between Dracula and a woman." And, although I don't know if he's joking, he says that "our Dracula shaves." There are some very weird things that going on in this comic, but why not change it all up for once? At least Dracula doesn't sparkle, right? Anyway, here's Wheatley's quote about the new adaptation and Eisner's involvement with it.
"Flash Gordon is scheduled for 2012 now, I think. Escape from New York is the one he's actively working on right now. He's trying to make Blood of the Innocent the picture he does after Escape. He and the writer have been working on the pitch. The writer, Bill Marsilii, has been working on the pitch now for almost a year. But Breck came on board, I think, back in February. And so the two of them met several times and honed the pitch and worked out a 'live' version of the pitch. The two of them put that two-person act on the road and they've been going around to the various studios making the pitch."
Bill Marsilii is definitely a very "hot" writer in town now, not only did he sell that Lightspeed script to Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, but he wrote a draft of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, was just announced as the writer on the Weta Wind and the Willows movie, and probably has more we don't know about in the works as well. I've never heard of this comic series before so I don't know anything about it, but it seems like it has potential. After watching Eisner's The Crazies, I'd be much happier seeing him stay in that horror/thriller genre, although anything could happen after he finishes Escape from New York. I guess we'll keep our eye on Eisner and this adaptation and keep you updated. Is anyone familiar with Blood of the Innocent?