Russell Helms Wake the Dead

Jay Russell (“Ladder 49,” “The Water Horse”) will direct “Wake the Dead”, an adaptation of his contemporary Frankenstein graphic novel by Steve Niles (“30 Days of Night”) says STYD.com.

The story follows a young man named Victor who works to reverse death, even if it means using spare parts from some of his friends. James V. Hart (Sahara, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) is adapting the script.

Niles himself will serve as producer on the project, giving him much greater creative control than he had with “30 Days of Night”. He admits that there’ll be some changes to the original work – “We’re keeping a lot of the key beats, but there’s going to be more character development.”