After directing ‘The Grey’ starring Liam Neeson, landing the job of helming the live-action adaptation of Mark Millar’s ‘Nemesis’, and generating some buzz for his awesome take on a Daredevil reboot that probably won’t get made, Joe Carnahan has recently closed a deal to work on ‘Undying Love’. This new project is an adaptation of Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman‘s romantic vampire thriller for Warner Bros.
According to Deadline, Carnahan, who replaces formerly attached director Alexandre Aja, will rewrite the script by Coker and Freedman and then direct the project. The Image Comics mini-series that the film will be based on takes place in modern day Hong Kong and follows “an ex-soldier who falls for a vampire, though in order to be with her he must take on her creator, that happens to be protected by an army of mobsters in the Hong Kong underworld.”
Though not his usual choice for films, the director said that he was simply drawn to the story that is best described as a mix of vampire mythology and Chinese folklore:
“I really took to it, and the metric I use is how fast I come up with ideas and an outline, and this brought about a bunch of ideas. It is a little out of my wheelhouse, taking place in China with mysticism and swordplay, but there is a lot of potential here.”
No start or release date has been released as of yet, but Carnahan has a couple of movies and a pilot for A&E to work on in the mean time as this deal is finalized.
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