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Seth Grahame-Smith's UNHOLY NIGHT picked up by Warner Bros

Seth Grahame-Smith’s new novel has just been picked up by Warner Bros for a staggering fee. Deadline reports that the studio paid somewhere near $2 million upfront to Grahame-Smith for Unholy Night, who will also pen the script. He will produce with his KatzSmith partner David Katzenberg along with Heyday Films’ David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford.

Unholy Night is planned “as an action adventure surrounding the Three Wise Men,” and is set to be published in April by Grand Central. This will be the third big film based on a religious story for WB. They also have been in talks for Steven Spielberg to direct Gods And Kings, an epic Moses tale wrritten by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine. They also are developing a project scripted by Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson (who may direct) about “the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee, who teamed with his father and four brothers to lead the Jewish revolt against the Greek-Syrian armies that had conquered Judea in the second century B.C. Maccabee’s triumph and struggle against tyranny and oppression where people gave their lives so that others would be free to worship is celebrated by Jews all over the world through Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.”

Here is what a WB rep had to say about Unholy Night:
“an incredibly innovative take on a timeless story. We look forward to collaborating with our friends at Heyday and KatzSmith. Seth has written a fresh and thrilling novel that is true in spirit to the inspirational story of the Three Wise Men.”
Grahame-Smith’ wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. I think this sounds like a really cool story. What are your thoughts?
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