Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vivian Schilling's Thriller Sacred Prey to be Filmed

Sacred Prey by Vivian Schilling

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Brad Inglesby will adapt Vivian Schilling's 1994 debut thriller Sacred Prey for Warner Bros.

Synopsis: In an abandoned cabin deep within the Louisiana bayou, loan shark Adam Claiborne and his brother Kyle have cornered a young couple with a delinquent debt to settle. But their collection doesn't go according to planned and Charlie Sinclair and his wife Monique end up dead. Adam--a devout Catholic with less than honorable dealings with the Church--makes his contributions and all is forgiven … until now. When he confesses the murder with a chilling nonchalance, he is surprised to find a new priest on the receiving end of his admission. The mysterious priest refuses the much-needed absolution. "Until you know the sorrows of your victims, your sins cannot be forgiven." Adam is tormented by the refusal. That night he sleeps restlessly, with one hellish nightmare after another. In his dreams, he goes back to the place where he left the dead bodies, only to find the young, beautiful woman still alive. As she seduces him, he awakens to find himself wrapped within her arms, inhabiting the flesh of his victim Charlie Sinclair. Adam is horrified to find that it is three days back in time, and he is now trapped in the body of his intended quarry. With a new perspective on Charlie's last unimaginable days of terror, Adam must fight for his life against the dark force he, himself, created. Unless destiny itself can be altered, unless Adam can find within him the pieces to make the contrition, he is about to be hunted, cornered and brutally murdered … by the merciless killer who, somewhere, wears his face.

We think it's a great title and no doubt the author does as well, but the producers are reportedly considering something more generic (and considerably less imaginative) like Hit Man.

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