Bonelli Cinematic Universe
Thursday, 31st October 2019. Production is underway in various locations in Romania on action thriller DAMPYR, the first movie depiction of the famous comic series of the same name. DAMPYR is a coproduction between Eagle Pictures, prominent Italian comics publisher Sergio Bonelli Editore, and Brandon Box.
Leading the cast are Wade Briggs as Dampyr (Still Star Crossed, Please Like Me), Stuart Martin as Emil Kurjak (Jamestown, Medici, Crossing Lines), and Frida Gustavsson as Tesla (Dröm, Eld Lagor, Arne Dahl). Joining them in central roles are David Morrissey as Gorka (Britannia, The Missing, Good Omens, The Walking Dead), Sebastian Croft as Yuri (Game of Thrones, Horrible Histories: The Movie) and Luke Roberts as Draka (Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300: Rise of an Empire).
Based on the first two comics out of an existing 300 issues in the famous DAMPYR comic series, DAMPYR is set during the Balkan war in the early nineties and follows protagonist Harlan. Haunted by horrible nightmares, Harlan wanders the countryside, shamelessly making money pretending to be a Dampyr (half-human and half-vampire), ridding villages of what the villagers naively believe to be evil monsters. But, when he is summoned by soldiers who are under attack by real vampires, Harlan finds out the truth: he is a real Dampyr. While trying to destroy a terrible Master of the Night, he will have to learn to manage his powers and find out more about his origins.
With filming set to take place across 11 weeks and to a budget of 12 million dollars, DAMPYR, the first movie of Bonelli Cinematic Universe, directed by Riccardo Chemello and based on the comic book created by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo, written by Giovanni Masi, Alberto Ostini, Mauro Uzzeo promises impressive production value supported by an industry leading creative team. Giorgio Gregorini, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for Suicide Squad, serves as Hair Designer and is joined by Francesca Galafassi (Game of Thrones, Ben-Hur) as Makeup Designer, Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik as Fight Choreographer (Skyfall, Game of Thrones, The Witcher), Lubomir Misak as Supervising Stunt Coordinator (Game of Thrones, The Last Legion, Kingdom of Heaven) and Giovanni Casalnuovo as Costume Designer (Wanted, Romeo & Juliet, Beowulf). The producers are Gianluca Leurini, Michele Masiero, Giovanni Mattioli, Antonio Navarra, Roberto Proia, Vincenzo Sarno, Andrea Sgaravatti.
Sergio Bonelli Editore (SBE) is one of the most well-respected comic publishers in the world and DAMPYR is one of its most long running and successful character. It was recently announced that SBE’s most famous comic book series, cult horror comic Dylan Dog, will be made into a 10-episode live-action series in a co-production between SBE and Aquaman director James Wan's production company, Atomic Monster, with Wan as Executive Producer. This follows the announcement that DC Comics and SBE will partner on a series of upcoming crossover projects: the first one will be between two of the most published comic book characters in the world, Dylan Dog and Batman, and will be titled Dangerous liaison.