Will Smith’s Vampiric Biblical Tale Receives The Go Ahead From Sony

We’ve seen sparkly vampires on the big screen, but a Bible-vampire mashup? Sounds even crazier, right? Well, there’s a first for everything, because The Redemption of Cain – Will Smith‘s potential directorial debut – is set to re-interpret the classic Cain and Abel story with a vampiric spin. And, according to /Film, Sony Pictures has just given this film the green light.

With a script penned by Caleeb Pinkett (Jada Pinkett-Smith’s brother), The Redemption of Cain has already spent a few years in the making. In 2010, Smith was slated to produce and star as Cain in the movie, then titled The Legend of Cain. Then, earlier this summer, it was reported that Smith was also considering signing on as director. It remains uncertain whether he’s still going to star and direct, but his Overbrook Entertainment is still signed on to produce the film.

The film is tentatively scheduled to start shooting in July 2013 in London and Jordan, with the exteriors shot in Morocco. Francine Maisler will start the casting process over the next few weeks.

I’ve been a fan of Will Smith since watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but personally, I’m not too keen on this project. Of course, the premise is intriguing, in that it brings two familiar tropes together to create something novel.

Unfortunately though, the Twilight series have killed most of my enthusiasm for vampires, and Biblical epics are not really my thing either, even though they’re all the rage in Hollywood these days. Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, anyone?

It would be interesting to see Smith would do in the director’s seat, though, so news of him officially signing on as director would certainly pique my curiosity.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this Cain and Abel story with a vampire twist?

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