Eric Red, who wrote The Hitcher and co-wrote the classic Near Dark with Kathryn Bigelow, will continue his directorial trajectory (started with films like Body Parts, Bad Moon and 100 Feet) with Dead Of Night. Based on a novel by Jonathan Maberry, Red will also adapt the material for the screen – if he finds the financing.
In the book, “A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he could be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. Small town cop Dez Fox and her partner JT are caught in a wave of murder as everyone they know and love die…only to rise again as the ravenous living dead. If Dez and JT can’t contain the plague inside the town limits, the infection will spread beyond all control. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.”
Let’s hope he gets the money needed to float this into production.