‘Abraham’s Boys’ Adaptation Builds On Van Helsing Legend

A Joe Hill short story that continues the tale of Dracula’s greatest enemy–Abraham Van Helsing–is getting a film treatment.

Abraham’s Boys–based on Hill’s 2009 story first published in the 20th Century Ghosts collection–comes from Tea Shop Productions, the outfit behind 47 Meters Down, as reported by Deadline.

The film–adapted by writer/director Natasha Kermani (Imitation GirlLucky)–is described as a “follow-up of sorts” to Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula, testing “the relationships Stoker formed in his original novel,” according to the official synopsis.

Abraham’s Boys follows Max and Rudy Van Helsing, “who know nothing of their father Abraham’s past and cannot understand his overprotective attitude and strange behavior.” And, to make matters worse, their father “is becoming increasingly more unhinged, paranoid and violent.”

The adaptation, as explained, will explore the boys’ trauma through the eyes of a young Asian woman “who is no stranger to death.”

Hill–the son of horror master Stephen King (as all fans know)–has had his published works adapted for the screen before. His comic book Locke & Key (co-created with artist Gabriel Rodriguez) aired on Netflix, and his third novel, NOS4A2, was adapted for the small screen by AMC.

Kermani said she was “immediately drawn” to Hill’s take on the Van Helsing story, and saw this as “an incredible opportunity to look at a familiar story through a new lens and to explore classic characters and themes in a contemporary way.”

James Harris of Tea Shop said Hill’s story “has such an amazing tone and feel,” adding that he was “blown away by how (Kermani) wanted to approach it.”

No casting choices have yet been announced, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Abraham’s Boys.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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