It seems that these days you can't turn around without seeing an example of the current vampire craze gripping the world of entertainment. We have The Twilight Saga dominating the movie box office and both True Blood and The Vampire Diaries covering the land of TV. Evidently, if you mention the word "vampire" studios/networks see nothing but $$ in their field of vision.
However, even with vampires practically taking over our world, did you ever think that the Bible would fall victim? Apparently that's exactly what's happened. According to Deadline, there's a new vampire take on the Biblical Cain and Abel sibling rivalry tale in the works - and attached to both star and produce is none other than box office sensation Will Smith.
The Legend of Cain (which has nothing to do with the vampire video game The Legacy of Kain) is described as an, "epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist."
Smith would play the titular character - "the original Bad Boy" as Deadline describes it. It's not clear whether they will make Smith/Cain a vampire or whether he'll be battling them (which he's already done in I Am Legend).
The Legend of Cain will be produced by Smith alongside his Overbrook Entertainment partner Jada Pinkett Smith (who is also his wife), James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz. The script for the film was originally written by Caleeb Pinkett (brother of Jada) and Dan Knauf (Carnivàle) before Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) revised it.
I have little doubt Overbrook will have trouble with Cain in terms of money as they've just had a big hit with The Karate Kid, which has grossed over $200 million so far.
As far as the general idea goes, I really don't get why they're stretching so far as to take something from the Bible and skew it into something that has nothing to do with it whatsoever. And with Smith being the kind of star who always plays the hero of a film, does that mean they'll try and make Cain, who according to the Bible is the first murderer in history, a hero? Whether it's as a vampire or the guy who's fighting them, they'll probably portray the character as heroic. It seems like a suspect idea to me that's simply moving forward because of how popular vampires are right now, written by people in the Hollywood "bubble."
I suppose it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Smith wants to get in on the vampire action. He's one of the few remaining bankable movie stars so why wouldn't he want to be part of the current vampire craze? Normally, putting Smith and vampires together would be a pretty much guaranteed success, but considering the subject matter, we'll have to see.
And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our own Kofi Outlaw's hilarious post on the 5 Movie Roles Will Smith Needs To Play.
Will Smith will start shooting Men in Black 3 starting next month and beyond that he's attached or rumored to be involved with over 32 projects (yowza!), including sequels to Independence Day and I, Robot.