New Regency has acquired screen rights to Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, an illustrated novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, according to Variety. The authors will write the screenplay, and David Goyer will direct.

Just-published by Bantam, the graphic novel tells the story of the awakening of supreme evil on Earth. Lord Henry Baltimore is bitten by a demonic vampire bat on a WWI battlefield. The plague destroys his family, and Baltimore creates a team to hunt and fight the Red King, the embodiment of all evil.

Mignola created the comicbook character and series Hellboy and was a conceptual artist on Bram Stoker's Dracula and Blade 2. Golden has written novels including "The Myth Hunters" and "Wildwood Road," and three of his titles are being developed into movies by studios.