Steve Niles’ Wake the Dead Finally Gets a Director

I still find it pretty amusing that Hollywood has all but wiped the words “comic book” out of their vocabulary and replaced it with “graphic novel”. It’s funny, because I’ve been reading comics since I was a kid, and I never thought of the word as being “lesser” than the silly, fancy schmancy title of “graphic novel”, but that’s Hollywood for ya. But in any case, Steve Niles’ “Wake the Dead” graphic novel has landed a writer and director on its way to the big screen.

Variety reports that Jay Russell (“The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep”) has signed on to direct the big screen version of the horror comic book by Niles and artist Chee, with James V. Hart set to tackle the scripting duties.

More about “Wake the Dead” from Niles himself:

Wake The Dead is just what happens when Victor discovers a way to reverse the death process. Doing so he starts a whole new way of living that can only be described as death defying.

“Basically Wake The Dead is a re-telling of ALL the Frankenstein stories I’ve ever read, or watched. It’s like a story created out of the bits and pieces of other stories, so in a way, Wake The Dead is a Frankenstein monster all its own,” says Niles. “I wanted to capture the essence of the original book as far as the youth of the characters and the price paid for playing God, but I think we’ve still managed to create an original and really freaky story.”

Charlie Lyons and Holding Pictures will produce, with special effects work done by Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based Weta. The comic’s movie rights originally went to the Weinsteins’ Dimension Films in 2003.

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