Brad Anderson (“Session 9”, “The Machinist”) has now signed on to direct the filmed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Living and the Dead”. The graphic novel by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livingston started off as a screenplay before turning into a comic and has now been revisited by the two creators with the news of Anderson coming on board. You can get all of the details when you click on the jump.
In their exclusive report, Comics2film at Mania.com reports that the 2005 graphic novel focuses on a monstrous character who “engages in the nineteenth-century version of snuff theater, luring innocent people in a Grand Guignol of flesh and blood.” In all fairness, they didn’t have reality TV in the 19th century. The story sounds pretty pulpy, Gothic, and Hammeresque to me and knowing that Anderson is going to be behind the camera makes me think that this could be pretty great.
I really like Anderson’s films mainly because of his direction. I think that he’s outstanding at creating a certain mood or atmosphere and it seems like I’m not the only one who thinks so because Tinnell is quoted as saying: “Obviously he’s a storyteller, and obviously he knows how to build tension, but what I also like is that when you watch his movies you really feel like you’re inhabiting the space.”
It’s still unclear when Anderson will start production on “The Living and the Dead” since he is currently attached to direct “Vanishing on 7th Street” which starts production this month.