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Time to Wake the Dead

05.30.2008
After toiling in comics for a decade on various horror titles and SPAWN books, writer Steve Niles became a hot Hollywood commodity when Sam Raimi plunked down a heavy sack of cash for the vampires-in-Alaska tale 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, followed by most of Niles' other comic projects getting grabbed for movie development. Just not with very quick results.

Now it sounds like his modernized take on the Frankenstein legend, titled WAKE THE DEAD, might finally be making it to screens. The property (based on the IDW comic) was previously set up at Dimension, with X2 co-writer Mike Dougherty penning a draft for Joel Schumacher (THE LOST BOYS) to direct.

But no longer -- Niles tells STYD that LADDER 49 director Jay Russell and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA writer James V. Hart are working on it, with Niles himself more involved in the creative process. You can read what he has to say RIGHT HERE.

As you might guess, WAKE THE DEAD follows a group of med students who experiment with reanimating the dead. It goes as well as you'd expect.
Extra Tidbit: Niles once worked on a faithful graphic novel adaptation of Richard Matheson's vampire tale I AM LEGEND.
Source: STYD

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10:48PM on 05/31/2008

If its made

It better be a lot better than that piece of shit movie 30 Days of Night. Was a good comic though by the way.
It better be a lot better than that piece of shit movie 30 Days of Night. Was a good comic though by the way.
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12:32PM on 05/31/2008

Hells Yes

Wake The Dead is a gory gruesome good time. Not as good a comic as 30 Days of Night but an enjoyable read regardless. Hopefully they'll remain faithful to the original material but flesh it out a bit more. I have high hopes for this.
Wake The Dead is a gory gruesome good time. Not as good a comic as 30 Days of Night but an enjoyable read regardless. Hopefully they'll remain faithful to the original material but flesh it out a bit more. I have high hopes for this.
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9:05AM on 05/31/2008
The only great zombie comic book is the walking dead. What the fuck is wake the dead?
The only great zombie comic book is the walking dead. What the fuck is wake the dead?
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12:57AM on 05/31/2008

well...

Bummer that Dougherty isn't on it anymmore, but at least it's not in Schumacher's hands anymore. That's a big minus that's now a plus.
Bummer that Dougherty isn't on it anymmore, but at least it's not in Schumacher's hands anymore. That's a big minus that's now a plus.
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12:52AM on 05/31/2008

awesome!

after 30 days of night i can't imagine this being short of anything but freaking awesome
after 30 days of night i can't imagine this being short of anything but freaking awesome
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