According to reports, mega-star Will Smith has latched on to a new project called The Legend of Cain. Smith is planning to not only produce the movie through his own Overbrook Entertainment, but also star in the title role of Cain. The star’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, and Ken Stovitz will also produce.
The movie is said to be a re-telling of the biblical tale of the brothers Cain and Abel. In most versions of the story, the brothers are the sons of Adam and Eve; Cain is a farmer and Abel a shepherd with both making offerings to God based on their trades. When God accepts Abel’s sacrificial animal offerings but rejects Cain’s offerings of produce, the latter becomes enraged and kills his brother in cold blood bringing the deadly sin into the world.
On its own this content could probably make a decent film, but The Legend of Cain will take the old story a step further with a little twist: vampires. Yes, it looks like the plan is for Cain to also be a bloodsucker, likely pegging him as the very first vampire.
If this movie reached full development and finds a studio to greenlight it, Smith and company will have to have some pretty magnificent tricks up their sleeves. I’m sure right this moment many of you are staring at your computer screen blankly or scratching your heads, and I’m with you. The truth is this just sounds like a strange mix to conjure up, but with classic stories like Pride and Prejudice getting zombies and Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires, anything is possible these days.
No word yet on a timetable for The Legend of Cain. Will Smith is getting ready to start filming Men in Black III in August, so this is still a long ways off for sure.