Wednesday, May 19, 2010

“Blood Oath,” a political thriller with a vampire twist, coming to a theater near you

Vampires. They’re all the bloody rage right now. Heck, I’d go far as to say that vampires are the new zombies. So, with that said, Hollywood is sucking dry any source material they can for “new” ideas involving those sexy creatures of the night.

Such is the case with Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath, an action adventure novel with a vampire spin that centers around an undead, blood-sucking Secret Service agent. Described as a “mix of political techno thrills and supernatural action,” the book tells of a vampire named Nathaniel Cade who is taken hostage by the U.S. Army during the Civil War, and subsequently forced to protect the presidency (which he does for what has been around 150 years). Oath, which hits bookshelves Tuesday, revolves around Cade being hung up in a plot involving a new form of biological weapon connected to a White House conspiracy.

Producer Lucas Foster (LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, MR. & MRS. SMITH, EQUILIBRIUM), under his Warp Films hood, optioned the right to Oath, as well as Farnsworth’s future follow-up, Black Site. Scripts for both adaptations are to be written concurrently with a still-unnamed screenwriter working alongside Farnsworth, who will help shape the screenplays. Foster said that he hopes to get OATH in production by next year.

So, a vampiric Jack Bauer, eh? What do you think?