by: Clark Allen
We’re hearing that the George R.R. Martin project FEVRE DREAM is making an aggressive return to the market with a director David Slade & producer Vince Gerardis in tow. The project, which was previously set up at Disney, is an adaptation of Martin’s own book that is being described as “Bram Stoker meets Mark Twain.” The steamboat era adventure will follow a struggling riverboat captain who journeys with a wealthy young aristocrat across the Mississippi, discovering along the way that the man is actually a vampire on a mission to free his race from their dependance on human blood.
The long-gestating adaptation was formally set up at Disney, but after a number of false starts, is now back on the market. Back in February, Martin revealed via his “Not A Blog” live journal that a high profile director was expressing interest in the project, but that it was still up in the air. Several months later, we can now assume that the director in question was in fact Slade. This project would mark Slade’s third foray into vampire fiction, having previously directed 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Up next he is set to helm the drama, The Widow.
For Martin, this is a long overdue return to the feature world, following his his first outing with the 1987 sci-fi/horror Nightflyer. In recent years, the prolific author has made a large cultural impact with the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of his beloved “Song of Ice and Fire” novels. Aside from his continual work on Game of Thrones, for which he writes and executive produces, he’s next set to executive produce the sci-fi fantasy film Wild Cards. He’s also poised to write the film adaptation of his werewolf novella The Skin Trade.
Gerardis, who also represents Martin, serves as an executive producer on Game of Thrones. The producer/manager is known for executive producing the sci-fi action flick Jumper and the TV series FlashForward. Up next, he’s slated to produce Honor Harrington, The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag and The End of Eternity. He’ll also executive produce How It Was When the Past Went Away and The Forever War.