Gary Shore, the Irish filmmaker behind ‘Dracula Untold,’ has signed on to take the director’s chair for the thriller ‘Red River,’ with production scheduled to get underway later this year in Northern Ireland.

Based on a script by BAFTA and Oscar-nominated scribe Ronan Blaney (‘Boogaloo and Graham’), the story is set in an “isolated town in Ireland, where a bloodthirsty drifter befriends an immigrant family and avenges their murdered father.”

Speaking to Deadline, Shore said: “A story about a vampire hell-bent on teaching an isolated town a thing or two about its treatment of outsiders is a valuable reminder that man is capable of being the real monster. I love Ronan’s script – heartbreaking, violent and touching all at once. With influences like High Plaines Drifter, Shane and Let The Right One In, it’s definitely an original in the genre with the potential to be a modern classic.”

‘Red River’ has the backing of Northern Ireland Screen, 23ten, Generator Entertainment, Tempo and XYZ Films. Producers include Mark Huffam (‘The Martian,’ ‘Alien: Covenant’), Piers Tempest, Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson.