Steven-Elliot Altman adapting own 'Zen' novel

Russell Mulcahy (“Resident Evil: Extinction”) will helm “Zen in the Art of Slaying Vampires,” a project being mobilized by CP Prods. partners Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters.

Capitol Films’ David Bergstein will finance and sell the pic, which is based on a novel by Steven-Elliot Altman that’s the first in a three-book series.

Protag is turned into a vampire as he and his lover are attacked in lower Manhattan. She dies, and he struggles to overcome his murderous instincts and thirst for blood through Zen meditation. A struggle for his soul ensues between the bloodsuckers and the zen masters.

Altman is writing the script, and CP’s Cerenzie and Peters will produce. They are also working together on a game version of “Zen.”

Mulcahy said he liked “the pathos of the lead characters and the way it is wrapped in a world of mythology.”

Altman recently penned “9Dragons” for Acclaim Games, and CP is developing a movie version of “Joust,” a graphic novel Altman is writing.

Cerenzie and Peters formed CP over the summer. Peters is developing “Area 51″ for Paramount and “The Friday Night Knitting Club” for Universal, with Julia Roberts attached to the latter project. Cerenzie recently produced the Sidney Lumet-directed “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” which ThinkFilm opens Oct. 26, and Tony Kaye’s “Blackwater Transit.” Capitol’s Bergstein financed both of those films.

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