Joe Carnahan is keeping his future schedule busy, as the writer and director of The Grey is reportedly making a deal with Warner Bros to write and direct a film adaptation of Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman‘s Undying Love.
The graphic novel was first run as a four-issue miniseries for Image Comics, and tells the story of a former soldier called John Sargent (traumatised by the extensive ribbing he received upon reaching the rank of Sergeant) who falls in love with a Chinese vampire called Mei and sets out to destroy her creator.
The comics were based on vampire mythology and Chinese folklore. Since I unfortunately have not read them, I have no idea if the vampires are the traditional chiang-shih, who due to having their feet bound in death are forced to hop after their victims with their arms outstretched for balance. I really hope they are, though. That could make for some excellent chase scenes.
Undying Love is the latest project on Carnahan’s ‘to-do’ list, following on from his Death Wish remake and Colombian gangster true-story film, Killing Pablo. When we last heard about these two, Killing Pablo was “basically greenlit” and likely to be Carnahan’s next feature directing role, with Death Wish following at an unspecified point in the future. He is also co-writing the screenplay, alongside his brother Matthew Michael Carnahan, for an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis.
It’s unclear where Undying Love fits in on the agenda, but Carnahan seems very excited about the project, though he admits that it’s outside of his comfort zone. In the article over at Deadline, the writer-director said:
I really took to it, and the metric I use is how fast I come up with ideas and an outline, and this brought about a bunch of ideas. It is a little out of my wheelhouse, taking place in China with mysticism and swordplay, but there is a lot of potential here.