While the new James Bond film, Skyfall, is doing boffo box office overseas, its co-writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are already teaming up again for a TV project dealing with vampire hunters that features an assortment of fictional literary characters.
Per Deadline, the script, written by Logan with Mendes attached to produce and possibly direct, has been sent to premium cable networks. It is described as an origin story set in the 1800s London in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which also was set in 19th century Europe, including London. The Logan/Mendes project features such characters as Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein as they hunt for vampires. Mendes is producing the TV project through his Neal Street Prods.
Mendes and Logan share a stage background. Mendes was a top theater director and Logan an accomplished playwright before they segued to feature directing/writing. Logan has been nominated for three Oscars for co-writing Gladiator and scripting Hugo and The Aviator. His work also includes Rango, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, and Any Given Sunday, and he won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle awards for his play Red. Mendes won an Oscar for his feature directorial debut, American Beauty, and his other credits include Revolutionary Road, Jarhead and Road to Perdition.
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