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Will Smith’s Cain and Abel Film Gets Greenlight

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has given Will Smith’s Cain and Abel film project the greenlight, which makes it the fourth Biblically-inspired movie to come out in the next few years. One of those projects is Darren Aronofsky’s gritty adaptation of the tale of Noah’s Ark — already in production — which will star Russel Crowe and is slated for a release sometime in 2014. In the meantime, Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a movie about Moses called Gods and Kings, and Warner Bros. is moving forward with a movie about Pontius Pilate, one of Jesus’ judges. Looks like the Bible is Hollywood’s next target as far as adaptations are concerned.

Just like the other three upcoming Biblical adaptations, Smith’s Cain and Abel picture will come with a twist — it will feature vampires. For those of you who are not familiar with the Bible, the tale follows two of Adam and Eve’s children, Abel and Cain, one of whom — Abel — ends up becoming God’s favourite. Cain eventually grows jealous of Abel and kills him, becoming the world’s first murderer. Vampires do not make an appearance in this story, but since they will be present in Smith’s movie, it would be interesting to see how they would fit in.

For now, the project is called The Redemption of Cain and will be based on Caleeb Pinkett’s screenplay, the details of which are not yet known. Given that Pinkett is relatively unknown, it is difficult to predict if his screenplay will be any good. As for Smith, he is attached to the project as a producer only for the time being — under his Overbrook Entertainment banner. It remains unclear whether he would want to direct and/or star in the film.

Yet whether he will be involved or not does not change the fact that many people have grown wary of vampire flicks. The Twilight saga has rubbed many film goers the wrong way, so the thought of seeing another vampire flick may seem like a nightmare to them.

Personally, I find the premise of Smith’s project to be rather fascinating — mainly due to its uniqueness — so I am hoping for a decent piece of entertainment here. I also think that in the right hands it can become something great.

Besides, not all vampire flicks have been terrible in the last few years. For instance, back in 2009 when Twilight was just getting started, there was this little picture called Daybreakers, which starred Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe; it was a thought-provoking and unique take on the whole vampire mythos that also happened to be extremely entertaining. 2010’s Let Me In, the remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, was another worthwhile addition to the vampire mythos — and like Twilight, it was a love story, but a dark and twisted one.

There were quite a few stinkers too — like the 2011’s movie Priest and of course the Twilight saga — but that does not change the fact that good vampire flicks can exist. If Will Smith’s Cain and Abel film will be anything like Daybreakers or Let Me In, then I am totally on board with this project.

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting in July of 2013 in England and Jordan, with exteriors to be shot in Morocco. The casting process will start in the next few weeks.


By: Taras Trofimov

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