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

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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