Child actor-turned-scribe Brad Caleb Kane will sink his teeth into “The Historian,” Sony’s adaptation of a bestselling tome about modern-day vampires.
The studio ponied up seven figures for Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, her first, shortly before it hit bookstores two years ago, and Red Wagon’s Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher have been searching for the right scribe ever since. The key, according to Wick, was finding one able to modernize the Dracula myth in a believable way.
The book revolves around a young woman’s search for her father, who is on the hunt for the grave of Vlad the Impaler, the feudal lord who inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
“One of the things we’ve been looking for is someone who could not only capture the visceral, sexy part of the story, but who also has the talent to make it credible,” said Wick.
Kane has written the widely read script “These City Walls” and a draft of Richard Pryor biopic “Live.” He also penned the pilot for “Gravity,” a drama about rookie LAPD cops for the CW. As a child actor, he appeared in “Starship Troopers” and “The Flamingo Kid.” Also a musician, he provided vocals for toons such as “Aladdin” and “The Return of Jafar.”