John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad will reportedly tackle a popular manga property for Amazon Studios. According to Deadline, Kolstad is developing a live-action feature film adaptation of the action-horror manga Hellsing.
Written by Kouta Hirano, Hellsing was published from 1997 to 2008. The story follows the vampire Alucard who works for The Hellsing Organization under Integra Hellsing’s leadership, the great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Hellsing. Together they and the organization work to protect England from supernatural threats.
Kolstad released the following statement regarding the announcement,
“Ever since my brother introduced me to the Hellsing manga and anime some years ago, I’ve been obsessed with adapting it. And when Mike Callaghan and his team managed to secure the rights to then partner us up with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean -damn, dude- this is a dream.”
Additionally, Callaghan released a statement about the project,
“I’ve always loved the vampire genre, especially when a creator is able to put their own unique spin on it, so when Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing Organization, I knew we had something special in that tradition. Kouta Hirano’s gonzo reimagining of the Dracula-Van Helsing mythology is an exhilarating, quirky mashup of action and horror that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. We are incredibly excited to partner with Brian and Fred at Automatik and that Amazon is on board to help us bring the wit and madness of ‘Hellsing’ to life on screen.”
Kolstad most recently worked on the script for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and the upcoming thriller Nobody starring Bob Odenkirk. He also serves as a co-executive producer on Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The project will be produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber of Ranger 7 Films, Jason Lust of Soluble Fish Productions, and Kolstad.
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