Inferno funding ‘Blood of the Innocent’

Circle of Confusion will produce the horror-thriller

Inferno Entertainment has come aboard to finance Victorian era horror-thriller “Blood of the Innocent,” based on the graphic novel series.

Inferno has acquired underlying rights to the series and is funding development and production of the feature, which is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion. Jim Siebel, Marc Butan and Bill Johnson are producing for Inferno; Circle of Confusion partner David Engel and VP Stephen Emery are also producing along with Ksana Golod.

“Blood” has been in development at the production/management banner since last year. Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”) is attached to direct and Bill Marsilii (“Deja Vu”) is writing.

Project is based on a comicbook series pitting Dracula against Jack the Ripper and published by Warp in 1985. “Blood of the Innocent” was written by Rickey Shanklin & Mark Wheatley and drawn by Marc Hempel & Mark Wheatley.

Pic will be set in 1888 London and story will follow a wayward British prince, who secretly undertakes a mission to save England from a vampire invasion, only to go down in history as the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.

Campbell McInnes will oversee for Inferno.

Inferno arranged financing and handled international sales of “The Kids Are All Right.” Inferno’s slate includes Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson and the Brad Pitt heist comedy “Cogan’s Trade.”

Circle of Confusion has developed several comicbook-based series for TV including AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Powers,” just picked up to pilot by FX.

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