Action Fantasy ‘Kane’ Adaptation in the Works of Vertigo (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter
Kane is very capable for producers Roy Lee, Andrew Trapani and Steven Schneider.
The trio have secured the rights to adapt the long-awaited series of Kane fantasy novels and short stories from cult fantasy author Karl Edward Wagner.
Wagner’s stories, published throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, center on an immortal antihero named simply Kane who is part warrior, sorcerer, marauder, and conqueror.
Lee, Trapani and Schneider, who matter That, Winchester and the paranormal activity films among many generics, will produce what could end up as a series or a feature film. Also on the production team, Keith Previte and Kevin Elam of the Karl Edward Wagner estate will also produce.
First appearing in 1973, then in 20 short stories and three novels, Kane falls squarely into the sphere of epic fantasy which proved influential to the geek crowd of the time, and 4 four million copies went been sold. The famous fantasy painter Frank Frazetta even illustrated several covers.
Fantasy icons Conan the Barbarian and Elric of Melnibone were obvious influences, which is not a surprise, because Wagner, in addition to being an author, was an editor and publisher, publishing Conan collections as well as gothic horror and pulp volumes. He died aged 48 in 1994.
Kane’s adventures unfold in a visceral world steeped in ancient history, with bloody conflict and dark mysteries. Wagner weaved gothic horror elements into this pre-medieval landscape, taking Kane into fantasy sagas involving war, romance, triumph, and tragedy.
Lee, Trapani and Schneider are currently developing The Hawkline Monster in New Regency under the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos. Lee is in production on the Stephen King adaptation Salem Bundle and to Olivia Wilde don’t worry darling in office. Trapani is co-producer of Hulu’s LA Lakers documentary series Win time, while Schneider most recently produced Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin.