Blood Brothers is the latest vampire film production to see significant attention from a major motion picture studio. Based on the comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics and written by Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller, the new film was pitched to MGM as a cross between Ghostbusters and Men in Black, with its two vampiric heroes thrown into a crisis of apocalyptic proportions.
The film centers on the blood-sucking duo of Nick and Tree, whose thousand-year-old friendship has hit the skids. Before the two can call it quits, a threat to human kind sees the would-be brothers reunited in an effort to stave off disaster. Between the vampiric shenanigans and end-of-the-world action, Blood Brothers should offer plenty of fraternal hijinks when adapted to the big screen. And according to a recent report, MGM may have found at least one undead lothario to fit the bill, as Fantastic Four star Michael B. Jordan is reportedly in talks to play Tree.
The report comes from The Tracking Board, which also states the film will be produced by Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment, with Keith Goldberg overseeing, and Matt Dines, Adam Rosenberg, and Jonathan Glickman presiding behind the scenes for MGM. The most recent draft of the script was produced by Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen (following previous versions from Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly), with sources confirming the studio is seeking a more grounded tone that is in line with such buddy-cop films as Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.
Coming after the line of fire that the most recent Human Torch was put under critically and financially at the box office, Jordan is still a good pick if MGM is seeking to establish a gritty approach to this untested premise. After showing off his dramatic chops in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, the two-time Josh Trank company actor should be able to breathe a little life into another seemingly dead character, and hopefully to much broader appeal.
Depending on who is finally cast alongside Jordan (and if things go according to plan), MGM might very well have a studio comedy with much of the same appeal as the likeminded buddy-cop feature 21 Jump Street. While there is yet to be any word on who might play Nick, Tree might just have its Channing Tatum locked and loaded, with a Jonah Hill-type to follow.
Screen Rant will keep you up to date with further details on Blood Brothers as they are made available.
Source: The Tracking Board