Phoenix, De Luca chomp on ‘Dead’

Huston's novel the first of a five-book series

Phoenix Pictures and Mike De Luca Prods. will team for a feature adaptation of the Charlie Huston vampire novel “Already Dead.” Scott Rosenberg will write the script.

De Luca will produce with Phoenix’s David Thwaites and Brad Fischer. Alissa Phillips will co-produce.

Huston’s novel is the first of a five-book series that the producers are eyeing as a potential franchise.

Series revolves around a vampire who happens to be a private detective hired by a Gotham socialite to track down her runaway daughter. The city’s vampires are afflicted with a virus that requires them to drink blood, and they run through the city in clans. A new virus that turns victims into carnivorous zombies threatens to upset the balance between humans and vampires.

Huston’s second novel in the series, “No Dominion,” was just published.

Rosenberg, best known for script work that includes “Beautiful Girls” and “Con Air,” just completed a new version of “The Dirty Dozen” for Warner Bros.

De Luca, who helped launch the “Blade” series as prexy of New Line, most recently was a producer of “Ghost Rider.” He has just begun production on the Robert Luketic-directed “21” for Columbia Pictures.

Phoenix has five films set to hit screens this year. First up is the Paramount and Warner Bros. release of the David Fincher-directed “Zodiac” on March 2.

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