A familiar name is coming to SyFy next year as the network has given a 13-episode order to Van Helsing, based on the legendary character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (report courtesy The Hollywood Reporter). The series will follow the story of Vanessa Helsing, daughter of Abraham, who awakens five years in the future to find a world controlled by vampires. She discovers that she has powers over the evil bloodsuckers and becomes humanity’s last hope for survival.
Chad Oaks, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, had this to say:
“Van Helsing represents a new mythology in sci-fi by challenging traditional vampire rules…The series is unique in exploring a world completely dominated by vampires, while the human characters have to learn the importance of working together to ensure their survival.”
It will be interesting to see exactly how Van Helsing goes about “challenging traditional vampire rules.” Vampires have a long relationship with television, with classic shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dark Shadows, as well as current hits The Strain and The Vampire Diaries. Obviously SyFy’s newest project will have a long way to go to be spoken of in the same breath as any of those, and with a female heroine there will inevitably be direct comparisons to Buffy. Hopefully Van Helsing will put a unique spin on the fight against vampires. Vanessa’s powers and how they affect vampires could be the key in setting this series apart from the rest.
“Van Helsing reimagines a classic story in a compelling new way, featuring a bold and complex heroine”, said Chris Regina, Syfy’s senior vp program strategy. “This high octane acquired original series will be a terrific addition to our lineup next year.”
Ok, so all the network people are saying the right things. Here’s hoping they deliver.
Writer Neil LaBute will act as showrunner. His previous work includes Hell on Wheels and Billy and Billie. Most notably, he wrote the screenplay for The Wicker Man, which gives you an excuse to go to YouTube and watch that insane Nic Cage bee scene. Go on, do it. You know you want to.
Van Helsing begins production this January and is expected to premiere this fall on SyFy.
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