Hellsing: Amazon & John Wick Writer Adaptation of Japanese manga in film
According to Deadline, Amazon Studios is in the process of developing a live-action film adaptation of Hellsing, based on Kouta Hirano’s popular action horror manga of the same name. John Wick Writer Derek Kolstad officially signed the project to produce the adaptation.
“Ever 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 pair up with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean – damn it, dude – that’s a dream.”
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The Hellsing Film is the latest addition to Kolstad’s growing list of projects, including the highly anticipated fourth installment of John Wick;; The man from nowhere English remake; My friend Pedro Series; and Constantin Films’ adaptation of the Just cause Video game. His next writing projects are the upcoming MCU series The falcon and the winter soldierand Universal’s action thriller Nobody both to be released this month.
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Hellsing was written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It tells a reinterpreted story of Dracula that involved Alucard, a special agent tied to The Hellsing Organization for their mission to protect England and under the direction of Integra Hellsing, the great-granddaughter of Abraham Van Hellsing support the world with vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural threats. The manga also focuses on Hellsing’s newest recruit, an ex-cop named Seras Victoria.
The original manga series was first published from 1997 to 2008 in Shōnen Gahōsha’s Japanese manga magazine Young King OURS. It was later licensed by Dark Horse Comics for English language publication. Hirano had also released a prequel manga series called Hellsing The dawn The manga was also adapted into a 10-part anime series by Gonzo that aired from 2001 to 2002.
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“I’ve always loved the vampire genre, especially when a creator is able to add their own unique touch. When Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing organization, I knew we had something special in that tradition.” Producer Mike Callaghan said. “Kouta Hirano’s Gonzo reinterpretation of the Dracula Van Helsing mythology is an exciting, bizarre mashup of action and horror that we’ve never seen. We’re thrilled to be working with Brian and Fred at Automatic and that Amazon is on board to help us bring the humor and madness of ‘Hellsing’ to life on screen. “
The live action Hellsing The film is being produced by Automatic’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger, along with Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber for Ranger 7 Films. Executive producers are Gemma Levinson from Automatic, Tetsu Fujimura from Filosophia, India Osborne, Pierre Buffin and Jason Speer. Jason Lust from Soluble Fish Productions will produce.