Guillermo Del Toro will now also write books

Despite everything else on his plate right now, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (the Hellboy films) will find the time to co-write a trilogy of vampire thrillers with Chuck Hogan, whose novel The Prince Of Thieves was recently announced as being adapted by and with Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland).

Story will revolve around an invasion of New York City by a vampiric virus. Series will trace the roots of the vampiric race back to its Old Testament origins.

The books will be published by HarperCollins in the U.K., and a special edition will be published simultaneously by the company’s Spanish-language imprint, Rayo, in the U.S.

Del Toro is currently in pre-production of two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and will then enter a long-term deal with Universal Pictures.

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Ben Affleck to be The Prince Of Thieves (not Robin Hood)

Fresh off his acclaimed feature directing debut Gone Baby Gone, which I still haven’t seen, actor Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) has been hired by Warner Bros to write, direct and star in The Town, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s novel The Prince Of Thieves. According to Amazon, it’s “a story of doomed love focusing on Doug MacRay, a Boston-based career thief […] who becomes enamored with the manager of the bank he and his pals have just robbed”.

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