'Nation' of vampires takes over studio

MTV Films has bitten on “Damn Nation,” buying feature rights to Andy Cosby’s Dark Horse comic tale of a vampire takeover of the United States.

MTV will produce “Damn Nation” along with Michael Aguilar and Dean Georgaris, through their Paramount-based Penn Station shingle, with Michael Richardson and Barry Levine of Dark Horse. David Tischman brought in the project for MTV.

Cosby will pen the screenplay and exec produce with Ross Richie. Paramount will distribute.

Story, published by Dark Horse as a three-issue mini-series, is set in a United States evacuated due to an attack from vampires that has left the nation suffering from a vampire plague and forced the government to relocate to London as scientists search for a cure.

Cosby told Daily Variety he’s looking to reinvigorate the vampire genre by emphasizing the creatures’ feral rather than human qualities. “I grew up with a big fear of vampires,” he added. “I see them as cunning like jungle cats.”

Cosby has also written “Creature Tech” for Fox and “Trout” for Phoenix.

Exec veep Brian Witten will oversee “Damn Nation” for Par.

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