Framelight Prods. and producer Howard Rosenman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) are developing “Sword of Wood” — a tale of vampires during the Crusades — from comicbook scribe Chuck Dixon.
The team, which made the announcement Friday during Comic-Con, is seeking writers to pen the screenplay and is planning to a supplement the project with a comicbook and a videogame.
Dixon has extensive comicbook credits on Batman, Punisher and Conan. “Sword of Wood,” is a previously unpublished work that tells the story of a landed baron and knight who battles in the Holy Lands at the time of the First Crusade, then returns home to learn that his manor and holdings have been raided by an army of vampires, and his wife and children carried off. This begins his new crusade, going alone against an army of the damned.
Rosenman is currently producing an adaptation of “Betsy and the Emperor,” with Al Pacino and Dakota Fanning attached. Other film credits include “Father of the Bride.”
Framelight was founded in 2008 by Erb and Robert L. Robinson Jr., who met Dixon in 1984.
“I worked in a comic shop at the time and he would thrill us with his stories before anyone published them,” Robinson said. “It’s an honor to work with him on this one.”