It has been some time since we've heard anything about Canadian filmmaker Justin McConnell's vampire flick The Eternal but we got some encouraging news today. As he works towards getting filming started in the Fall he's gotten together with a couple of lads, one from his short film Ending the Eternal, the other from his upcoming feature, and another familiar name for all you Rue Morgue fans and is creating a series of 12 graphic novels providing some history and back story to the main character of his films, Samuel Gradius. The Art Director for Ending the Eternal, Kevin Hutchinson, and the lead actor for the upcoming film Adam Kenneth Wilson will pen the series with Justin. And Rue Morgue Magazine's Justin Erickson will be illustrating the novels.
“The Eternal: Final Dawn tells the life (and undead) story of Samuel Gradius, born in 1463 Scotland as Samhairle Greme. Twelve chapters tell his journey, from birth until 2009, and the first moments of the feature film The Eternal. Set against the backdrop of real history and known myth, the horrific, tragic and humorous collide in The Eternal: Final Dawn. Welcome to Samuel’s world – we can’t guarantee your safety.”
Of the 12 issues the first six will be available online one per month. After the break we've got the press release, and the cover and one page from the first issue.
Press Release – April 8, 2009 – Unstable Ground, Inc. Unstable Ground Announces “The Eternal: Final Dawn” graphic novel The producers of the upcoming feature horror film The Eternal have announced development of a full-length graphic novel prequel to their film, entitled The Eternal: Final Dawn. Written by Justin McConnell, Kevin Hutchinson and Adam Kenneth Wilson, and illustrated by Justin Erickson (Rue Morgue Magazine), the synopsis is as follows: “The Eternal: Final Dawn tells the life (and undead) story of Samuel Gradius, born in 1463 Scotland as Samhairle Greme. Twelve chapters tell his journey, from birth until 2009, and the first moments of the feature film The Eternal. Set against the backdrop of real history and known myth, the horrific, tragic and humorous collide in The Eternal: Final Dawn. Welcome to Samuel’s world – we can’t guarantee your safety.” The graphic novel represents the first step in offering a unique immersive experience for an independent film, as out of the twelve total issues, the first six will be offered online in monthly installments, entirely free. The first issue is expected to be offered online later this year, and will be previewed at the upcoming Rue Morgue Festival of Fear in Toronto. A teaser of the graphic novel can be seen here.
Development on the feature film The Eternal continues, with shooting scheduled for early fall. Casting developments will be announced as shooting draws closer, and producers are hard at work securing a great ensemble to join already attached lead Adam Kenneth Wilson (soon to be seen as Charles Manson in the upcoming biopic “Manson”), and James Lorinz (from the cult-classics Frankenhooker and Street Trash)
For more details on the project, please visit the official site. The on-line prequel short film, Ending The Eternal, can be watched for free at any of the following locations: