Hellsing: Amazon Studios and ‘John Wick’ Writer to Produce Live-action Movie

Kouta Hirano’s Hellsing manga is getting a live-action film.

The movie is the creation of Amazon Studios with John Wick’s screenwriter Derek Kolstad.

The producers include Kolstad, Ranger 7 Films’ Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber, and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik.

“Ever since my brother introduced me to the Hellsing manga and anime some years ago, I’ve been obsessed with adapting it. And when Mike Callaghan and his team managed to secure the rights to then partner us up with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean -damn, dude- this is a dream.” said Kolstad.

Kolstad is also working on Marvel‘s Falcon and the Winter Soldier series.

“I’ve always loved the vampire genre, especially when a creator is able to put their own unique spin on it, so when Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing Organization, I knew we had something special in that tradition,” Callaghan said. “Kouta Hirano’s gonzo reimagining of the Dracula-Van Helsing mythology is an exhilarating, quirky mashup of action and horror that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. We are incredibly excited to partner with Brian and Fred at Automatik and that Amazon is on board to help us bring the wit and madness of ‘Hellsing’ to life on screen.”

“Derek is an exceptional writer and we are so excited to partner with him on what he does very best – building rich mythology filled with iconic characters,” said Kavanaugh-Jones.

“I’m truly excited to work with this stellar team together with Amazon to realize a post-modern reinterpretation of the Dracula character that flips him on his head in an inventive and compelling way,” Lust said.

Here’s a synopsis of the manga:

With supernatural horrors haunting the streets and preying upon humanity, the shadowy Hellsing Organization fights back against hell’s minions. And Hellsing has a secret weapon in their arsenal: the vampire lord Alucard, whose terrifying powers are needed more than ever as an army of the undead marches on London beneath the banner of the swastika!

The manga was released in 1997, and ended in 2008 with 10 volumes. It also inspired a 13-episode anime series in 2001, as well as a Hellsing Ultimate OVA series.

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