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Relativity Media Adapting ‘Blood Oil,’ from ‘Restrepo’ Co-Director; Joel Silver to Produce ‘Sanctuary’

Written by on November 14, 2012 

America is always striving to lessen its dependence on foreign oil; until then, Hollywood will try to find drama in the subject. TheWrap tell us Relativity Media got their hands on black gold in taking to Blood Oil, a piece from Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger centered on an unsympathetic bunch: Nigerian oil saboteurs (known as M.E.N.D.) who made efforts to hurt the world trade with violent attacks.

These rambunctious Africans, noticing a worldwide love of the substance, caused some worldwide stress by going after Nigeria’s oil reserves and sabotaging their typical prices. If not exactly their intent, the article — from 2007, it should be noted — nevertheless asks if their actions would come to play part in an eventual economic recession. With hindsight, it’s a topic bound to arise in Blood Oil as a film.

We’ve yet to receive any indication that Junger will direct, though I think it’d be a mighty fine way to gain narrative footing. Maybe someone out there is listening.

Anyway, Deadline then report, in some very different territory, that Joel Silver‘s Silver Pictures have established their first post-Warner Bros. project, Sanctuary. The material comes from scribe Alan Trezza, who’s written the story of a young, possessed woman hoping for a cure by going to the Vatican’s secret group, The Sanctuary. Instead of outright seeking the power of Christ, however, they show people ways to “channel their inner demon and use its power as a weapon against evil.”

Friedkin comparisons, no matter how natural, may not be entirely apt, for Sanctuary is summarized as a mixture of Blade and Wanted. When putting those two together — after having some kind of stroke — the picture becomes evident. Whether or not it’s good is a little more subjective.

Do you think either has a shot at turning out well? Which carries more promise?

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