Deadline reports that the iconic Japanese manga series Hellsing is receiving the live-action adaptation treatment, with Kolstad on board as writer and producer. Other producers on the project include Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger of Automatik, Mike Callaghan and Reuben Liber of Ranger 7 Films, as well as Jason Lust of Soluble Fish Productions.
Hellsing is an action-horror manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano and published by Shōnen Gahōsha. The original series began in 1997 and continued through 2008, with each new volume delving deeper into the story of Alucard, a powerful vampire linked to the mysterious Hellsing organization, working to fight vampires, ghouls and other supernatural. threats.
“Ever since my brother introduced me to the manga and anime Hellsing a few years ago, I’ve been obsessed with adapting,” Kolstad said, referring to the upcoming project. “And when Mike Callaghan and his team got the rights to then partner with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Amazon, I mean – damn, man – it’s a dream.”
“I’ve always loved the vampire genre, especially when a designer is able to give it their own twist, so when Derek introduced me to Alucard and the Hellsing Organization, I knew we had something special about that tradition,” Callaghan added. “Kouta Hirano’s gonzo reimagining of Dracula-Van Helsing mythology is an exhilarating and quirky mix of action and horror unlike anything we’ve seen before. We are extremely happy to partner with Brian and Fred at Automatik and having Amazon on board help us bring the spirit and madness of Hellsing to life. ”
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In addition to bringing Aculard to the screen, Kolstad recently wrote the upcoming action thriller Nobody. with Bob Odenkirk and on the writing team for Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming to Disney + on March 19. He also returns to write the scripts for John Wick: Chapter 4 and 5, as good as Paramount-Set Dungeons & Dragons Movie.
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