Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami to helm vampire pic

Mark Amin’s Sobini Films and Payam Films have set vampire drama “Manhattan Undying,” with Iranian filmmaker Babak Payami to direct. Production will begin this fall.

Payami will also produce the film through his Payam Films banner along with Amin and Sobini’s Cami Winikoff and David Higgins. Charles Wachsberg, co-owner of Payam Films, will also finance and exec produce.

Sobini’s Tyler Boehm is overseeing the project.

Screenplay by Matt Deller concerns a beautiful vampire who commissions an artist to paint her so she can see herself for the first time. She is unaware that the artist is dying and desperately working to create his last masterpiece that will give him artistic immortality.

Payami won the Silver Lion Special Director’s Award at the Venice Film Festival for helming 2001’s “Secret Ballot.”

Deller is repped by Scott Michael Leddy at Empirical Management.

Sobini’s productions include “The Prince and Me,” “Peaceful Warrior” and the upcoming “Zorro: Reborn” with Fox. Amin’s past credits include “Frida.”

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