Will Smith Attached to Biblically-Inspired 'The Legend of Cain'

July 17, 2010
Source: Deadline

Will Smith

After reporting that international superstar Will Smith had added yet another project to his production company's future slate, we mentioned there were no less than 30 projects he was somehow involved in as either an actor or a producer. Now Deadline throws another one into they mix as they report that Smith is attached to star and produce The Legend of Cain, a new retelling of the sibling rivalry between Biblical brothers Cain and Abel. However, rather than just picking up the Bible and adapting it, this apparently has some sort of twist involving vampires. Oh no… Could Cain or Abel be from a long line of bloodsuckers?

It's unclear if Smith would become a vampire himself in this Biblically-inspired movie, or if maybe he'll be battling one. It wouldn't be too far off from his previous role as the lone surviving hero in I Am Legend. As much as I'd like to see an interesting twist on a familiar story as the conflict between Cain and Abel, does it really have to be vampires? Someone needs to bury a stake in the heart of this trend soon, because I don't think Will Smith can even make me interested in them again. This is still in the early stages of development though since no studio or director is attached, but we'll keep you posted as this one develops. Interested?

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martin Lawrence as the brother you have to

nelson on Jul 17, 2010


#2 in the 90's there was a very popular role-playing game called Vampire: The Masquerade. In the story God and his angels cursed Caine for his crime turning him into the first vampire. So Will and Hollywood wouldn't be the first to "taint" as you say the Bible with vampires. Really, is no big deal, is just fiction. Now if they could only do a true adaptation of I am Legend. Great short story, crappy movie. Closes you get to it is The Omega Man.

Baron the Curse on Jul 17, 2010


I was just going to say Vampire: The Masquerade. But, Will Smith, please, no.

goudos on Jul 17, 2010


no No NO! The vampire thing is SO OLD! Will, if you wanted to do vampires again you should have told them not to kill you off in I Am Legend, then you'd have a sequel. Adapting a story from the Bible into a Hollywood movie, OK sure, but leave the vamps out of it. Come on. Don't taint the Bible.

lamar on Jul 17, 2010


Sorry, but Will Smith is not believable in a tough guy role. He is just not tough, he is a comedian plain and simple..

Beth Mahoney on Jul 17, 2010


Pretty sure I seen this before back when it was a video game call Legacy of Kain.

ZzFDKzZ on Jul 17, 2010


cain and abel with vampires?.......count me out.

beavis on Jul 17, 2010


I'm up for any Will Smith action movie, no matter how generic.

Craig on Jul 17, 2010


Well, piece of trivia here: There's lot of legends on how Cain _was_ basically the first vampire anyway so...

LW on Jul 17, 2010


cain becomes a vampire after slaying his brother its his curse put upon him by god himself, never played legacy of cain eh ethan?

yojoe on Jul 18, 2010


#8 - another generic will smith action movie?..........count me OUT!

beavis on Jul 18, 2010


I am pretty sure Vampire: The Masquerade was the first to have Cain as a vampire, and as the first vampire. Not played table top RPG's? Look here for what V:TM is:

David Banner on Jul 18, 2010


oh please, the vampire thing has been exhausted beyond the limits of enjoyment. SOmething else, people!!

Julie on Jul 18, 2010


Are you kidding me? I cant believe this... 5 years ago, when I was in high school I start writing a story that was about this, the concept is almost identical. I remember a friend of mine started to tell about it at a forum we created back in the day. I'm not saying that someone was able to get a hold of the story but does makes me wonder...

Mechanixxxx on Jul 18, 2010


I'm kind of interested in this. Many years ago I read a book called The Book of Nod which tells the story of how Cain was made a vampire by Lilith who is Adams first wife. It goes into great detail about vampire lore and has an interesting Origan story. At the time it really disturbed me because it reads like the bible. It will be interesting to see how they adapt the story to the big screen.

Jp1109 on Jul 18, 2010


soo.... what about Legacy of Kain video games? the first chapter in the game is litterly this story. cant believe no one has mentioned it yet

DoomCanoe on Jul 19, 2010


I’m excited about this! I love Will Smith, and Daniel Knauf’s Carnivale was one of my favorite TV shows in recent years. Can’t wait to follow a project utilizing both those men’s talents.

Lisa on Jul 19, 2010


im down to see anything with will smith basically. been like that for years. but before i say anything bout the story right now, i wanna wait til its confirmed by smith himself or see some scenes

KING on Jul 19, 2010


@15 If you remember the Book of Nod fondly look up the game that other above have mentioned "Vampire the Masquerade" *not* "Vampire the Requiem" (same company different game) the Book of Nod is a book about some of the backstory of that game by White Wolf and I'm amazed someone hasn't mentioned this already...I can't see anyway White Wolf won't sue for IP on this...considering they had a fit when Underworld came out and filed major lawsuits against that and the references there were....tenuous at best...White Wolf has a reputation for being legally trigger happy (Just ask anyone who's been in their 'official fan group' The Camarilla for more than 8 years :P...sueing your own fans...well done WW 😛

Chaoticlusts on Jul 20, 2010


@19 thanks! I'll look it up. Someone gave me the book to read and I was amazed. Never knew it came from anything else. I'm all about a Vampire origin that is intriguing and different than the crap that Twilight is shoveling out.

Jp1109 on Jul 21, 2010


It's not biblically inspired, it's from the video games. The Legacy of Cain video games.

anonymous on Jan 29, 2011

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