‘In The Dust’ Sinks Teeth Into Hollywood

With Edward and Bella of “Twilight” fame dominating the vampire region of our pop cultural landscape, it’s easy to forget that the other half of the well-tread craze has traditionally been occupied by older, less angsty and not so sparkly bloodsuckers.

Joining those gnarly beasts will be the vampires of “In the Dust,” a Top Cow graphic novel created by George Mahaffey and Christian Duce.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story’s ripe and juicy rights have just been preemptively plucked by production company Solipsist Films. The graphic novel is not yet published nor solicited for release.

Set in the Dust Bowl of the dirty 1930s, “Dust” follows a G-Man investigating the disappearances of whole families from small towns during “black blizzards” that eclipse the sky with dark clouds of dust.

Solipsist head honcho Stephen L’Heureux will produce, with Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins and Marc Silvestri executive producing. Mahaffey is set to adapt his 165-page graphic novel, and it wont be the writer’s first tango with Hollywood. Last year the scribe sold a script for “Heatseekers” to Paramount.

L’Heureux has his hands decidedly thrust into the subgenre; he, along with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, is also set to produce Image Comic’s 8-part vampire limited series “Undying Love” for the big screen.

What do you expect from “In the Dust”? Are you game for more vampire flicks if the ideas are original enough? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!