Highlights

  • Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield is reportedly in talks to star in the big-screen adaptation of the hit indie video game El Paso, Elsewhere.
  • El Paso, Elsewhere is a neo-noir video game that follows a drug-addicted vampire hunter trying to stop his vampire ex-girlfriend from ending the world.
  • El Paso, Elsewhere was a genuine indie hit as a game and will be produced Di Bonaventura Pictures who brought us Transformers and G.I. Joe.

LaKeith the Vampire Hunter

Variety is reporting that not only is there going to be a big-screen adaptation of the hit indie video game El Paso, Elsewhere but producers are in talks with LaKeith Stanfield to play James Savage, the narcotics-addicted, trenchcoat-wearing, vampire-hunting hero of the 2023 third-person shooter.

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Stanfield has been crushing it on screen since his debut in 2013’s Short Term 12. Along with his turn in the critically acclaimed Atlanta, he has starred in Get Out, Selma, Knives Out, and The Book of Clarence. Stanfield garnered an Oscar nomination for his role in 2021’s Judas and The Black Messiah.

Neo-Noir More Than Ever

Released in 2023, El Paso, Elsewhere was developed by Strange Scaffold, the development label of game developer, writer, and voice actor Xalavier Nelson Jr. A third-person shooter, the game is an homage to classics like Max Payne. It follows Jack Savage, a vampire hunter and drug addict as he shoots his way through hoards of monsters in an El Paso motel in an attempt to stop his ex-girlfriend, Draculae, before she can complete a ritual that will end the world.

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With a moody vibe, monologing voice-over, and emotionally fraught relationship at the center of the story, El Paso, Elsewhere will join a recent trend in neo-noirs on the big and small screen that includes Sugar on Apple TV+ starring Colin Farrell and Love Lies Bleeding starring Kristen Stewart.

Transformers Producers Attached

While other neo-noirs might tend toward shoe gazing with their damaged, emo heroes, it’s a fair bet that El Paso, Elsewhere will get a lot weirder and a lot more violent. If only because it is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura whose Di Bonaventura Pictures is responsible for decidedly non-emo fare like Transformers and G.I. Joe.

Add to that the actual gameplay of El Paso, Elsewhere which has non-stop gunplay and endless monsters of Doom, Quake. But its greatest inspiration is probably Max Payne, even borrowing that game’s famous “bullet time” mechanic as James dives and shoots his way through the hellish motel.

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There are no details yet about the script or further casting, but we will continue to track this one for you as new information develops.

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