The adaptation of the IDW graphic novel Lore now has a director. The story, from author T.P. Louise and illustrator Ashley Wood, follows an ancient line of protectors known as Shepherds who defend our world against dangerous mythological beasts. When the property was first acquired back in 2010, its producers were hoping to kickstart a Men in Black-style franchise with the film adaptation. It appears that exact wish might come to fruition as Barry Sonnenfeld—who helmed all three Men in Black films—is now in talks to direct Lore.
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Dwayne Johnson signed on to topline the film back in April, and now Heat Vision reports that Sonnenfeld has entered negotiations to take the helm. Warner Bros. acquired the property in a bidding war earlier this year and met with a number of directors before settling on Sonnenfeld. Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott wrote the screenplay, but its unknown if Sonnenfeld will want to rework the script before starting production. Johnson is currently filming Fast & Furious 6 and is set to shoot the Brett Ratner-helmed Hercules later this year, so Lore likely won’t start filming until early 2013.
Here’s the synopsis for the graphic novel courtesy of IDW:
In times past, the world was full of mythical creatures, creatures long since banished and held at bay by the secret society of Shepherds. But when the generational line of Shepherds is broken, a reluctant hero finds her life threatened from every quarter. And the creatures are coming back…
Now, IDW presents this Premiere Edition of Lore, written by T.P. Louise and acclaimed artist Ashley Wood. Primarily a prose tale, Wood provides panel and spot illustrations that help bring this story to life. Lore Premiere Edition collects the entire six issues of this unique and mystical series, along with a gallery of artwork from Wood, all within a handsome hardcover.