Derek Kolstad, the screenwriter behind the John Wick series, is collaborating with Amazon Studios to develop a live-action feature film based on the iconic manga written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano, Hellsing. "Since my brother introduced me to the Hellsing manga and anime a few years ago, I've been obsessed with adapting it," said Kolstad. "And when Mike Callaghan and his team managed to secure the rights and then partner with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean, damn, this is a dream."
"I've always loved the vampire genre, especially when a creator can put their own unique spin on it, so when Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing Organization, I knew we had something special about that tradition," Callaghan said. “Kouta Hirano's reinvention of the Dracula-Van Helsing mythology is an exciting and quirky mix of action and horror unlike anything we've ever seen before. We are very excited to be partnering with Brian and Fred at Automatik and for Amazon to be on board to help bring the ingenuity and madness of Hellsing to life on the big screen.
The feature film will be produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber of Ranger 7 Films, Jason Lust of Soluble Fish Productions and Kolstad. Gemma Levinson is the Automatik project executive. Executive Producers are Filosophia's Tetsu Fujimura, India Osborne, Pierre Buffin and Jason Speer.
"Derek is an exceptional writer and we are very excited to partner with him on what he does best - building a rich mythology filled with iconic characters," said Kavanaugh-Jones. Kolstad, who played a major role in launching the John Wick franchise, recently wrote the series' third installment, John Wick 3: Parabellum, as well as the upcoming action thriller Nobody, starring Bob Odenkirk. He is also a co-executive producer on the highly anticipated Marvel series Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
For centuries, many secret organizations have participated in the extermination of various types of dangerous monsters. One of them is Hellsing, based in England, led by its astute leader, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. His greatest hunter and trump card is Alucard, an unbeatable vampire genetically modified by his father. Despite being one of "them", he vowed to be his protector and servant. A new crisis begins and with the help of Seras Victoria, his recently converted vampire partner, Alucard has to discover the truth behind the mysterious attacks of vampires. Not all humans are meant to be his allies in this battle, and he won't hesitate to kill anyone who stands in his way.
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