3:04pm PT by Borys Kit
Universal and Boom's Vampire Tale 'Day Men' Lands a Writer (Exclusive)
Black List writer Will Simmons has been tapped to adapt Day Men, Universal’s adaptation of the vampire comic book from Boom! Studios.
Boom! founder and CEO Ross Richie is producing alongside the company’s president of development Stephen Christy.
Day Men isn’t your usual vampire tale in that it focuses on the humans who protect and take care of the affairs of vampires as they sleep during the day. And it takes the genre one step further by separating vampires into Mafia-like families who quietly vie for control over territories. The story focuses on one Day Man who finds himself a key player when war breaking between the families.
Boom!’s editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon created the comic and co-wrote the comic with Michael Alan Nelson. Brian Stelfreeze illustrates the series.
Universal picked up the rights to Day Men in summer 2013 after releasing 2 Guns, the hit Mark Walhberg-Denzel Washington action movie also based on a Boom! book.
The company has a first-look deal at Fox where it’s developing projects such as The Malignant Man with James Wan and Rust with Carlos Saldanha. But it also has its book Insurrection v3.6 set up at Paramount.
Boom! senior vp Adam Yoelin brought Simmons in and will be overseeing Universal exec Jay Polidoro.
Simmons wrote Murder City, a crime thriller that made the Black List in 2012. The project has Sylvain White attached to direct, Aldamisa financing, and Basil Iwanyk and Brooklyn Weaver producing. He is also wrapping up his scripting during on Defenders, Warners’ adaptation of an alien invasion book by Will McIntosh.
Simmons is repped by UTA, Energy Entertainment and attorney Jeff Frankel.