Del Toro Co-Writing Vampire Trilogy (Mania.com)
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
Producer-director Guillermo del Toro doesn't have enough things on his plate apparently. Bypassing the fact that he's already booked through the year 2017 with various production deals, is set to live in Middle Earth for the next five years with two new Hobbit films and has numerous other projects on the side such as a planned Frankenstein remake, Del Toro is now reportedly moving into the world of novels.
Variety reports that the man has inked a publishing deal with HarperCollins imprint William Morrow to pen a trilogy of vampire thrillers with Chuck Hogan, a writer who has penned the thrillers "The Standoff," "The Blood Artists" and "The Killing Moon." Warner Bros. recently picked up his book "Prince of Thieves" for Ben Affleck to helm and star.
Other projects for Del Toro include a modern take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, a Slaughterhouse-Five for Universal, as well as Drood, based on Dan Simmons' novel. He might also be leading a segment of David Fincher's upcoming Heavy Metal installment. These are just the projects that he could be directing over the next decade. He still has numerous other projects that he's attached to as a producer.
The first book of this new vampire trilogy called "The Strain" will hit shelves next summer.
Plot Concept: Story will revolve around an invasion of New York City by a vampiric virus. Series will trace the roots of the vampiric race back to its Old Testament origins.