It seems as if there’s no shortage of supernatural or undead properties for Hollywood to farm these days. The recent acquisition of Top Cow comic In the Dust suggests that the public still hungers for more vampiric fare. George Mahaffey, who co-created the graphic novel with Christian Duce, is slated to pen the adaptation.
In the Dust sends a government agent out to investigate the reported disappearances of small-town Midwest families during the “black blizzard” storms in the 1930s Dust Bowl. When an army of vampires are found to be the culprits, the agent forges a partnership with Al Capone’s gang to protect the vampires’ next target: Chicago. The 165-page graphic novel will hit shelves next year. Hit the jump for more on In the Dust and Sin City 2.
THR reported on the adaptation of Mahaffey’s In the Dust, from Top Cow comics, probably best known for the 2008 adaptation of Wanted. This is not the first pickup for Mahaffey, as he sold the screenplay for Heat Seekers to Paramount. He has also sold a spec script entitled Bots and has worked on the Solipsist sci-fi project, Drone.
Stephen L’Heureux at Solipsist Films, who will produce In the Dust with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and executive producer Marc Silvestri, had recent success with vampire-comic-turned-feature Undying Love at Warner Bros.
THR also reports that L’Heureux is also producing the Sin City sequel with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. William Monahan (The Departed) has turned in a script and the team hopes to start filming at the end of the year. If the reported title, A Dame to Kill For is accurate, then the sequel likely draws inspiration from Frank Miller’s comic by the same name.
For more on Sin City 2, you can read Steve’s recent interview with Monahan.