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The Grey’s Joe Carnahan Embraces Undying Love

The Grey director Joe Carnahan, who bounced from Fox’s aborted Daredevil movie to an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Nemesis, is now looking to take on another comic-book property.

According to Deadline, he’s striking a deal with Warner Bros. to write and direct Undying Love, based on the Image Comics miniseries by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. French director Alexandre Aja was previously in talks for the adaptation.

Described as “a horror-action tale, equal parts vampire mythology and Chinese folklore,” Undying Love is set in modern Hong Kong, where ex-soldier John Sargent falls for a beautiful woman named Mei only to discover she’s a vampire. To free Mei from her curse, Sargent must destroy the powerful vampire that created her and battle an army of monsters in the Hong Kong underworld.

“I really took to it, and the metric I use is how fast I come up with ideas and an outline, and this brought about a bunch of ideas,” Deadline quotes Carnahan as saying. “It is a little out of my wheelhouse, taking place in China with mysticism and swordplay, but there is a lot of potential here.”

Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the comic in July 2011.

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