Mania.com has revealed that writer/director Brad Anderson, who brought us the delightfully spooky Session 9 and the international thriller Transsiberian, will adapt the Robert Tinnell and Todd Livngston graphic novel, The Living and the Dead, for the big screen. Although details are sparse, this could signify a drastic shift in Anderson's modus operandi, whose prior films feature a predilection for slow, brooding tension as opposed to excessive gore and special effects.

The Living and the Dead, which almost began as a screenplay before becoming a graphic novel, tells the story of a "deviant psychopath" who lures victims into a Grand Guignol of flesh and blood. For those not in tune with early 20th century French theater, the Grand Guignol was a specialized Parisian theater that focused on horror shows. It was eventually shut down once the impossible horrors on the stage had become possible thanks to the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

Drawing comparisons between Akira Kurosawa and Peter Weir, co-creator Tinnell had this to say to about Anderson: "Obviously he's a storyteller, and obviously he knows how to build tension, but what I also like is that when you watch his movies you really feel like you're inhabiting the space."

It is unknown when the film will begin production, as Anderson is currently working on Vanishing on 7th Street, a thriller starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo that focuses on four survivors of an apparent apocalypse. Although the prospect of Hayden Christensen being in any film by such an amazing director is terrifying, just remember that David Caruso was in Session 9, and that movie was excellent.