After penning the upcoming sequel to Star Trek Beyond, the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to adapt Raymond Villareal’s novel A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising for 20th Century Fox and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The film rights to Villareal’s book, which will be published next summer by Little Brown’s Mulholland Books, were at the center of a heated bidding war earlier this year that saw Fox come away victorious in a high six-figure deal.
The novel is presented as an oral history from different point views observing the arrival of the vampiric race, the Gloamings, who try to co-exist among humans until they can no longer do so. It’s being compared favorably to Max Brooks’ popular novel World War Z, which was developed into a hit blockbuster for Brad Pitt at Paramount.
This will be the writing duo’s second pairing with 21 Laps, who hired them to write the script Deadliest Warrior for Paramount, but they’re probably going to be more focused on writing the sequel to Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, which grossed $343.5 million worldwide last year. Also on their full plate is Jungle Cruise, the Dwayne Johnson vehicle for Disney to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce Vampire Uprising for 21 Laps, while 20th Century Fox executive Michael Ireland will oversee the project for the studio.
21 Laps has regularly teamed with Fox, specifically for the Night at the Museum movies and the comedy Why Him?, although their most recent hit was last year’s Oscar-nominated Arrival at Paramount. 21 Laps is finishing up the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things and will premiere Mark Raso’s drama Kodachrome at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor