Last month, it was reported that Will Smith was thinking of directing The Redemption of Cain, a vampire-themed version of the story of Cain and Abel that Smith had been developing for a couple years as a starring vehicle for himself. Now, The Wrap reports that Sony Pictures is “moving forward” with the project and hopes to start filming it in July of next year, in places like London, Jordan and Morocco. If the film were finished by, say, 2014, it would mark at least the second time that year that Cain and Abel had appeared on the big screen; the biblical siblings are also set to appear in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which recently finished location shooting in Iceland.
There has been so much buzz lately about Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and various other biblical projects in the works, that I almost forgot that Will Smith was attached to star in a movie about Cain a couple years ago. Yesterday, however, Deadline Hollywood brought it back to mind by reporting that Smith might not only star in the film, but direct it as well. (If he does, it would mark his feature directorial debut; his only previous turn in the director’s chair, as far as the IMDb is concerned, was for a 2006 episode of All of Us.)
There’s a twist, though. Two years ago, the movie was called The Legend of Cain and it was said that the film would be an “epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist.” Whether that meant Cain himself was going to be the vampire, or simply someone who battles a lot of vampires (a la Smith’s similarly-named film I Am Legend), was never clarified, as far as I can tell.