Back in March we reported that Alexandre Aja (the Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D, Switchblade Romance) was attached to direct Undying Love. The film is an adaptation of an Image Comics graphic novel about an ex-soldier who falls in love with a Chinese woman, only to discover she is a vampire. To be with her he must destroy her creator, but the problem is that her creator is protected by a gang of mobsters in the Hong Kong underworld.
The story sounded perfect for Aja, but busy with new horror flick Horns (starring Daniel Radcliffe), the French director is no longer involved. However, the loss of one promising director has lead the way to a promising replacement. Joe Carnahan, director of The Grey, Narc, The A-Team and Smokin’ Aces, is now making a deal with Warner Brothers to both write and direct Undying Love.
Deadline reports that Tomm Coker and Daniel Freadman (creators of the graphic novel) wrote the first script draft, but Carnahan wants to rewrite some of it if he is to direct. Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux and Benderspink are producing.
Here’s what Carnahan said about Undying Love:
“I really took to it, and the metric I use is how fast I come up with ideas and an outline, and this brought about a bunch of ideas,” Carnahan said. “It is a little out of my wheelhouse, taking place in China with mysticism and swordplay, but there is a lot of potential here.”
With Carnahan prepping to direct the pilot episode for A&E and Fox 21’s Those Who Kill, he has also handed in a script for a potential Death Wish reboot to Paramount and MGM. On top of that, he also has new flick, Continue, in the works with Fox. As to when he will find the time to begin work on Undying Love, we won’t know, but hopefully this deal will be made and Carnahan will indeed direct.
Here is how Amazon describes the graphic novel:
A tale of horror-action, equal parts vampire mythology and Chinese folklore, set in modern day Hong Kong. Ex-soldier John Sargent has fallen for a beautiful Chinese woman named Mei. The only thing keeping the star-crossed lovers apart: she’s a vampire. To free Mei from the curse, Sargent sets out to destroy the vampire that made her. The only problem: Mei was turned by one of the most powerful vampires in history…
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