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Comic-Con used to be a comic, sci-fi and fan convention, but nowadays the annual affair has become so mainstream that every high-concept horror, science fiction and thriller feature -- no matter its comic or cult roots -- gets big play in San Diego. So it's refreshing when there's an announcement at Comic-Con about a an actual graphic novel (albeit an online one) being turned into a film. That would be 'Last Blood,' written by Bobby Crosby and illustrated by Owen Gieni, which takes place after a zombie apocalypse when vampires must protect the last surviving humans so they can live off their blood. The live-action film will be directed by Simon Hunter, who helmed 'Mutant Chronicles,' an actioner that stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki. [Deadline]

Charlie Kaufman and Nicolas Cage are teaming on a project called 'Frank or Francis,' a Hollywood satire in which Frank, a film director, finds himself dealing with an online blogger, Francis, out to attack his work. Jack Black and Steve Carell are also attached to the project, but there's no word on what roles the three stars will take. Kaufman and Cage collaborated on the Spike Jonze-directed 'Adaptation' in 2002, and it was apparent that Cage the actor was a stand-in for Kaufman the writer. The project is currently looking for financing. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Here's an interesting pairing: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are attached to star in an untitled comedy that Universal just won in a day-long bidding battle. The pitch, to be written by Judd Apatow proteges Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, will be an R-rated comedy that has the tone of 'Old School': Rogen will play a regular guy who lives near an alpha-male fraternity house; Efron is a member of the fraternity whose raucous behavior wreaks havoc on the other guy's family life. Since Rogen and his producing buddy Evan Goldberg are also Apatow acolytes, you can bet that there will be plenty of raunchy sex, double entendres and bathroom humor in this one. [Deadline]