"Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies, oh my!"

Producer Gilbert Adler is sinking his teeth into the horror film Dead of Night, which starts production today in New Orleans. And DRAC Studios, whose creative director, Greg Cannom, won the makeup Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will be doing the makeup effects.

Hyde Park Group and Platinum Studios are producing the vampire/werewolf/zombie flick that stars Brandon Routh.

Adapted from the top-selling 1986 Italian comic book series Dylan Dog, created by Tiziano Sclavi, Dead stars Routh as a private investigator who stumbles onto the world of the undead. Kevin Munroe (TMNT) is directing a screenplay by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara, Conan the Barbarian), who moved the action from the U.K. to the deep bayou of Louisiana.

The $20 million indie film has acquired financing from Omnilab Media (The Bank Job, W.) and Hong Kong-based Standard Chartered Bank, a surprising feat in such a battered film-financing market. In addition to equity, Omnilab is providing P&A for the film’s North American release.

Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment Group also are producing.

Adler has been a producer on Constantine, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, House on Haunted Hill and Ghost Ship.

Platinum has Atlantis Rising and Cowboys and Aliens in development at DreamWorks with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Unique in development at Disney.

Hyde Park recently produced Traitor, Premonition and Death Sentence. The company is in post-production on the 3-D feature The Dark Country and has the Fox action film, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li hitting theaters Friday.

This is not the first of Tiziano Sclavi’s work to be adapted to the big screen. 1994 for saw the release of Cemetery Man a comedy horror film starring Rupert Everett based on his novel.

source: Hollywood Reporter

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