‘Blood’ draws Von Garnier

Helmer in talks to replace Wainwright on horror pic

Katja von Garnier is in negotiations to direct the horror-thriller “Blood and Chocolate” for MGM and Lakeshore Entertainment.

Lensing is slated to begin this spring.

The film went through a short list of directors before von Garnier came onboard. Originally Po-Chih Leong was set to direct, followed more recently by Rupert Wainwright.

Set in Eastern Europe, “Blood and Chocolate,” adapted by Ehren Kruger, is based on Annette Curtis Klause’s young-adult novel about a teenage werewolf who has spent her life trying to hide that she is part wolf. When her interest in a visiting American threatens to expose her secret, she must choose between her love for a human outsider and her family.

Lakeshore will co-finance and co-produce the pic.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce alongside Daniel Bobker (“The Brothers Grimm”). Kruger will exec produce.

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Von Garnier directed HBO’s award-winning “Iron Jawed Angels,” written by Sally Robinson and produced by Lydia Deal Pilcher. The trio will next team up on “The Probable Future,” a feature adapted from Alice Hoffman’s (“The Lovely Bones”) best-selling novel.