Netflix is making a vampire movie with Transformers director Travis Knight tapped to direct. According to Deadline, Knight will direct a “vampire action thriller” called Uprising, which is adapted from the Raymond Villareal 2018 book, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.
Knight directed the Transformers spin-off Bumblee, which released in 2018 and made more than $467 million worldwide at the box office.
Knight isn’t the only big name attached to the movie, as Stranger Things and Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy and producing partner Dan Cohen from their company 21 Laps are set to produce Uprising for Netflix.
Jeremy Slater, who wrote 2015’s Fantastic Four, wrote the screenplay for Uprising. JD Payne and Patrick McKay, the writing duo who are the showrunners for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show, wrote an earlier draft, as did Jay Basu (Metal Gear Solid).
Uprising takes place after a global virus emerges and turns people into vampires. The story follows a CIA agent named Lauren Webb who is trying to get to the bottom of things.
There is no word yet on a cast or a release date for Uprising. Knight also directed Kubo and the Two Strings, for which he earned an Oscar nomination. Knight’s two other Academy Award nominations were for The Boxtrolls and Missing Link.