While the first entry into Wait, They're Making a What? dealt with a 3D conversion of an existing film, this entry is more what I had in mind — the announcement of a completely bizarre film.
Heat Vision got the exclusive scoop that producer Lucas Foster (Law Abiding Citizen, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and his company Warp Films have acquired the rights to the novel Blood Oath written by Christopher Farnsworth. Farnsworth's novel deals with the latest fad, vampires, but before you get up in arms about another vampire film just listen to the plot outline:
Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire, swore to fight on the side of President Andrew Johnson and all his successors. In the present day, Zach Barrows, a rising political star caught canoodling with the president's daughter, suddenly finds himself training to be Cade's handler after tough, wise special agent William Griffin retires. As they try to stop Cade's old nemesis, Dr. Johann Konrad, from creating an army of Frankensteinian monster soldiers, they uncover a deeper government conspiracy.
It's a movie about a freaking vampire secret agent! You may think Hollywood is milking the vampire fad, and they are, but at least this is a new idea and not a Twilight or Dracula rip-off/remake. The book – and therefore the film – has an action/thriller focus which also introduces other supernatural elements, so hopefully it'll prove to be something fresh and interesting in the developing vampire genre. It sounds like a mixture between Hellboy and Hellsing with its use of supernatural creatures under government employ and the introduction of an outsider to this agency.
Foster has the rights to Oath and its sequel Black Site, which is still being written. He believes that the character Nathaniel Cade is what sold him on the idea, saying, “Cade has an amazing history, a great attitude and a great set of powers. He is a complete movie figure.” You'll have to admit that a vampire secret agent is a pretty cool character if it can be done right and Foster reckons Farnsworth pulled it off, saying, “He did a very good job of making the reader, and me, buy it. It’s the right tone between thriller and improbable fantasy.”
It will be interesting to see just how this film turns out. It's one of those projects that may just sound good as an idea and not actually work as a film. It could be cheesy and tired and will really need to deliver on the thriller front as well as the action. At least the book has been getting some good reviews in the lead-up to its May 19 release. No timeline for when the film will begin production although Farnsworth is expected to start work on the screenplay soon.