I’m a fan of director Michael J. Bassett, and I’ve enjoyed both of his movies — the WWI movie “Death Watch” and the “Lord of the Flies”-styled “Wilderness” — so I’m looking forward to his take on Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane character. According to Fangoria via The Hollywood Reporter, Bassett is set to direct a movie based on Solomon Kane, “a 16th-century Puritan who battles supernatural evil”. I guess that’ll make this a horror movie, which is right up Bassett’s alley. And as is the fashion nowadays, the film will be the first of a planned trilogy, with the lead being played by James Purefoy, last seen as Mark Antony on the HBO show “Rome”.
More about Kane from Wikipedia:
Solomon Kane is a fictional character created by the pulp-era writer Robert E. Howard. A 16th century Puritan, Solomon Kane is a somber looking man who wanders the world with no apparent goal other than to vanquish evil in all its forms. His adventures, published mostly in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, often take him from Europe to the jungles of Africa and back.
Howard describes him as a somber and gloomy man of pale face and cold eyes, all of it shadowed by a slouch hat. He is dressed entirely in black and his weaponry consists of a rapier, a dagger, and a couple of flintlock pistols. During one of his latter adventures his friend N’Longa, a black African shaman, gave him a voodoo staff that served as a protection against evil, but could easily be wielded as an effective weapon. It is revealed in another story, “The Footfalls Within,” that this is the mythical Staff of Solomon, a talisman older than the Earth and unimaginably powerful, much more so than even N’Longa knew. In the same adventure with N’Longa, Kane is seen using a musket as well.
The would-be trilogy is being produced by Samuel Hadida and Paul Berrow, who are busy trying to turn “Silent Hill” into its own franchise, with a sequel scheduled.