Breck Eisner May Direct a 'Blood of the Innocent' Adaptation
by Alex Billington
June 12, 2010
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?
Please No More Vampire Movies!!!!!
pulp fiction212 on Jun 12, 2010
I'm with pulp fiction Vampires have been ruined...but Breck Eisner did a wonderful job with "The Crazies" I might be inclined to check this out.
Xerxex on Jun 12, 2010
I believe there is plenty of opportunities for vampires to appear in some neat films. This shit ain't done with, is all I'm saying.
Cracky on Jun 12, 2010
simple rule:every movie that has any form of vampire must be rated R and must have some sort of blood and gore with extreme violent moments - if they made up that rule already none of this twilight crap woulda ever happened...
Spider94 on Jun 12, 2010
How is Blood of the Innocent supposed to be after Escape from New York and Flash Gordon for 2012? Both Escape and Blood will come out in 2011 or Blood and Gordon for 2012. I think it would be option 2, because Escape from Ne York hasn't even begun shooting. If Escape from New York starts in the Fall it could be out by November 2011. If that happens Flash Gordon could be early 2012, while Blood...Innocent come out late 2012/early 2013. This is my schedule: Escape from New York - November 4, 2011 Blood of the Innocent - October 21, 2012 Flash Gordon - May 16, 2014
Neo_3 on Jun 12, 2010
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