GiantKiller Pictures has hired John Fusco (Hidalgo) to adapt Cliff Graham’s Day of War, the first book in the Lion of War series that debuts in the spring. The books center on the early life of David prior to his tenure as king of Israel. Director David L. Cunningham (The Seeker: The Dark is Rising) remarked,
“[Graham] has written a dynamic series that is highly cinematic. He has found a fresh, inspired take on the ancient story of King David and his lethal outcasts, the Mighty Men, that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. The gritty characters, their complicated lives and the supernatural themes make for an exciting combination.” [Risky Business]
With five books on the way, there should be plenty of material for an historical action franchise. In 3D of course. At this stage, I’m definitely intrigued by the project, but I’d be 17% more likely to see it if they called it David & the Mighty Men. Hit the jump for the official book synopsis.
“There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.” D- 2 Samuel 23:20
In ancient Israel, at the crossroads of the great trading routes, a man named Benaiah is searching for a fresh start in life. He has joined a band of soldiers led by a warlord named David, seeking to bury the past that refuses to leave him. Their ragged army is disgruntled and full of reckless men. Some are loyal to David, but others are only with him for the promise of captured wealth. While the ruthless and increasingly mad King Saul marches hopelessly against powerful Philistia, loyal son Jonathan in tow, the land of the Hebrew tribes has never been more despondentand more in need of rescue. Over the course of ten days, from snowy mountain passes to sword-racked battlefields, Benaiah and his fellow mercenaries must call upon everything they have learned to survive…if they don’t kill each other first. [Amazon]