It looks like Will Smith‘s about to add Biblical vampire to his list of films, as Sony Pictures has given the green light to The Redemption of Cain, a vampire interpretation of the Biblical story of Cain and Abel.
The project’s been kicking around since 2010 when it was called “The Legend of Cain.” The script, which is by Smith’s brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett, was picked up by Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment. The original story of Cain and Abel, from the Bible’s first book Genesis, features the offspring of Adam and Eve: Abel who is favored by God and his jealous brother Cain who takes him into a field and bashes Abel’s head in committing the first murder.
[Interestingly, if you’re wondering how this relates to vampire lore, in the World of Darkness role-playing games (like Vampire: The Masquerade), Cain was the first vampire, cursed to drink blood and take shelter from sunlight after being cursed by God for killing his brother. By the way, do you smell a lawsuit cooking?]
The Wrap is reporting that the studio is looking for a July 2013 start date for principal photography with plans to shoot in London, Jordan, and Morocco. It’s also reporting that Smith is still considering taking the director’s chair for himself. It’s still unsure whether Smith will even star in the film, although casting is set to begin in the next couple of weeks.
The Redemption of Cain is one of a number of Biblical themed films in development right now, including Warner Bros.’ Pontius Pilate film, Ridley Scott’s Exodus, and Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth.
More news as it develops.
It’s been almost five years since Warner Bros.’ 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend hit the big screens, but now Deadline is reporting that the studio has closed deals with Akiva Goldsman and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment to make another film in the franchise. The original, made for about $150 million, earned a massive $585.3 million worldwide.
According to the site:
“the intention is for Will Smith to reprise his role as scientist Robert Neville, who was the last man on earth doing battle with a mutated mob in New York City after an apocalyptic man-made virus wiped out the population.”
Arash Amel (upcoming The Expatriate – completed and waiting on release date, and Grace of Monaco – in pre-production) has been hired to write the script. The film is not being called a prequel, so it will be interesting what story they will tell considering the events already covered that took place in I Am Legend. There’s no word yet if director Francis Lawrence will return.
Will Smith said this was the idea about three years ago:
“It’s essentially the fall of the last city – the last stand of Manhattan. The movie would be…within the body of the movie D.C. and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It’s a really cool idea trying to figure it out…there’s a reason why we have to take a small band and we have to get into D.C. So we have to make our way from New York to D.C. and then back to New York.”
The thought of getting a good look at what brought us to the opening scene in I Am Legend is an intriguing one. There would be a lot more action once things get going and then there is the safe house setup that Smith’s character builds.
What do you think, is this “Not a Prequel” worth a look?