'Nitro' Director Alain DesRochers Tapped for 'The Rising' (Exclusive)

The French filmmaker will helm Millennium/Nu Image's vampire film.

Alain DesRochers has come aboard to direct The Rising, a jungle action vampire movie being made by Millennium/Nu Image.

The company picked up the project as a spec from Paul Sloan last year.

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The script is described as having been inspired by pulp heroes Doc Savage and Tarzan and revolves around a team of mercenaries whose search for a missing person in the jungles of Cambodia becomes a descent into the heart of darkness as they confront the dark force of a vampire.

Richard Salvatore and Bryan Brucks are producing.

French director DesRochers might be best known for helming and co-writing the 2007 French-Canadian actioner Nitro. The movie had the distinction of beating out, in Quebec, such studio fare as Live Free or Die Hard and Ratatouille.

DesRochers is repped by Echo Lake.