David Goyer to Direct Vampire

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New Regency has acquired screen rights to “Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire,” an illustrated novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. The authors will write the screenplay, and David Goyer will direct.

John Baldecchi (Ultraviolet) and Stacy Maes (Jumper) will produce.

Just-published by Bantam, the graphic novel tells the story of the awakening of supreme evil on Earth. Lord Henry Baltimore is bitten by a demonic vampire bat on a WWI battlefield. The plague destroys his family, and Baltimore creates a team to hunt and fight the Red King, the embodiment of all evil.

Mignola created the comic book character and series “Hellboy” and was a conceptual artist on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Blade 2. Golden has written novels including “The Myth Hunters” and “Wildwood Road,” and three of his titles are being developed into movies by studios.

Goyer, who wrote the “Blade” films and directed Blade: Trinity, next directs the Sheldon Turner-scripted “X-Men” origin film Magneto for Fox. He also wrote Batman Begins with Christopher Nolan and just worked with Regency and Maes on the upcoming Doug Liman-directed Jumper.

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