Warner Bros Pays Big Money for Seth Grahame-Smith's 'Unholy Night'

December 1, 2011
Source: Deadline

Three Wise Men

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.

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What's next, an action reboot of Adam and Eve?

001211 on Dec 1, 2011


if you think about it Seth Grahame-Smith is actually doing many people a favor, now they are interested in Abraham Lincoln, Pride & Prejudice, and the forthcoming story of holy Night.  So they read both the fantasy version and want to know what the real version is like

Michael Lee on Dec 1, 2011


I would totally watch an action reboot of Adam and Eve. It would be a pretty interesting exercise, since Eve is by far the greater narrative force in Genesis than Adam, who basically sits around and complains while Eve gets shit done. Also, the snake could be a big dragon and it could wound Adam and then Eve could use his rib to beat the dragon to death. Shit would be awesome, and right wing dummies in the flyovers states would flock to see it.

Lebowski on Dec 2, 2011

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