〉The studio is re-vamping for a more grounded take on the vampire comedy
Hot off of appearing as the Human Torch in Fox’s less-than-stellar Fantastic Four, Michael B. Jordan is already moving on to bigger things, namely MGM‘s vampire comedy BLOOD BROTHERS. Jordan’s in talks to nab the role of Tree, one of the key leads in the edgy two-hander, which follows two blood-sucking best friends whose relationship enters a crisis.
The pic’s based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name written by Hit List, Black List, and Young and Hungry List alums Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is producing the action/comedy, with Keith Goldberg overseeing. Matt Dines, Adam Rosenberg, and Jonathan Glickman are overseeing for the studio.
Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen recently took a crack at the script, as well as Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly before him. However, sources now confirm that the studio is looking for a new writer/director to approach the project with a more grounded vision, tonally in line with buddy films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.
Pitched as Ghostbusters meets Men in Black, the story follows best friends Nick and Tree, two vampires that have been inseparable party fiends for over a thousand years. Together they’ve smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, and even fronted a death metal band.
Now, after centuries together, a mid-life crisis threatens to send them on their separate ways. That is, until, a megalomaniac with an apocalypse fetish threatens to end the human race, forcing the once BFFs to stick together to save the world.
Jordan burst onto the scene with roles in Chronicle and Fruitvale Station, quickly emerging as a young actor with rise. Up next, he’ll play Apollo Creed’s son in the boxing drama Creed, featuring Sylvester Stallone reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa. MGM is also releasing Creed, which reunites Jordan with his Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler. The pic bows this November.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor