Warner Bros Pays Big Money for Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Unholy Night'
Even if the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's period romance remix novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies can't seem to get off the ground, that doesn't mean studios aren't still clamoring for more of the author's stories for the big screen. Deadline has word that Warner Bros. has just made a deal somewhere in the vicinity of $2 million for the rights to Unholy Night, a forthcoming action adventure novel surrounding the story of the Three Wise Men from the Nativity tale of the Bible. Combine that with Gods and Kings and a movie about Judah Maccabee, and Warner Bros. has a slate of literally Biblical proportions.
Grahame-Smith will also script the adaptation and produce the project with David Katzenberg through their KatzSmith production banner, and Harry Potter franchise producer David Heyman and his Heyday Films company. Heyman says, "Seth has written a fresh and thrilling novel that is true in spirit to the inspirational story of the Three Wise Men," while WB production president Greg Silverman calls the story, "an incredibly innovative take on a timeless story." The title almost sounds like some kind of action parody of the Biblical story you would see on "Saturday Night Live," and coming from the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. Count me intrigued until we hear more details.