Lucas Foster and Warp Films are taking a Blood Oath. The producer and studio have snapped up the rights to the vampire novel series from Christopher Farnsworth, the first book of which goes on sale today, with a follow-up novel, Black Site, currently in progress.
But reserve your boos and hisses based on vampire oversaturation until you get a whiff of the premise: Oath focuses on Nathaniel Cade, a Civil War era vampire captured by the U.S. Army and forced to swear an oath of fealty to President Andrew Johnson. Cade has served as a Secret Service agent ever since — nearly 150 years. Now, he's paired with a human handler and is tasked with unraveling a plot connecting a biological weapon to the White House.
In other words, more Hellboy than Twilight, with a bit of 24 thrown in for good measure.
"Cade has an amazing history, a great attitude and a great set of powers. He is a complete movie figure," Foster tells Heat Vision about the project. "It's a big idea and it's an idea that in the wrong hands could have been cheesy ... [but Farnsworth] did a very good job of making the reader, and me, buy it. It's the right tone between thriller and improbable fantasy."