Holding Pictures has picked up screen rights to Steve Niles' graphic novel Wake the Dead. James V. Hart will write the script and Jay Russell is set to direct.

According to Variety, Niles wrote the graphic novel 30 Days of Night.

"The idea is to make a classic horror film, and what I liked was the combination of Jay, in a genre he's wanted to experiment in for some time, with Jim, who is particularly skilled at this kind of voice, and with a world created by Steve, who has become a classic in the graphic novel world," said Holding Pictures principal Charlie Lyons, who will produce.