This morning’s Variety confirmed a story we threw at you on Friday about a live-action adaptation of Steve Niles’ Wake the Dead, peppering in a few more details that deemed it re-newsworthy.
The Frankenstein re-imagining will be helmed by James Russell, an interesting choice for a horror story considering his resume consists of directing films like Ladder 49, Water Horse: Legend of the Deep and Tuck Everlasting. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing, a unique perspective can’t hurt make something original, so I’m curious how it will turn out.
Russell will work with his Tuck Everlasting screenwriter James V. Hart for Dead, as well. Hart’s known for his Hook and Sahara scripts, but also served as co-producer on 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, so at least he’s dipped his toes in the monster water.
“The idea is to make a classic horror film,” Holding Pictures’ Charlie Lyons told the trade, “and what I liked was the combination of Jay, in a genre he’s wanted to experiment in for some time, with Jim, who is particularly skilled at this kind of voice, and with a world created by Steve, who has become a classic in the graphic novel world,”
Weta will be handling the visual effects for Wake the Dead, which you will recall worked out pretty well for the last adaptation of Niles’ work, 30 Days of Night.
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