Vampire Academy content creators about adapting a book series for TV

the new vampire academy TV program – peacock Adaptation of the hit YA book series of the same name – it has its origins in a place not usually associated with vampires: on a beach in Cabo.

Showrunner Julie Blake SYFY told WIRE that she and co-star Marguerite MacIntyre became friends while they worked on the CW series Kyle XY In the mid-20th century, they regularly went on small vacations to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, where they mainly read suitcases full of books. One of those books on one of those trips was by Rachel Meade vampire academy, the 2007 book that started the series. From the jump, it was a chain that Plec wanted to plant her flag in one day — or maybe sink her teeth into.

“I said once on Twitter, it’s my dream to make vampire academy series,” recalls Plec. Shortly thereafter, she went to San Diego Comic-Con for 2015, and while eating sushi, producer Don Murphy approached her. He explained that he owned the rights to the TV series, and that he heard the tweet, and asked her if she was interested. There was a problem. one only.

“I said ‘I’d like to do it, but I can’t do it right now because I’m literally about to launch my TV show for the vampire boarding school. ‘, CW’s The Vampire Diaries, which aired for eight seasons from 2009 to 2017. But, I said, ‘If you’re willing to wait for me, let’s have this conversation once a year until the time is right. And he did, he waited for me.

The Peacock series follows two vampires – Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway (Sisi Stringer), a type of vampire named Dhampir who usually serves as a muscle in the series’ vampire community, and her best friend, Princess Vasilissa “Lissa’ Dragomire (Daniela Nieves), a vampire The show focuses, as with the books, on the couple’s relationship and love interests, along with a fair amount of court politics as they wander the vampire community and deal with the threat of a third type of vampire, the almost brutal Strigoi, However, although Plec and MacIntyre revere books, the show differentiates itself in many ways.

“We decided not to open up in the same specific way that books open. We decided to tell a lot of the story that happened in the past, in the books, as a story that is the present, in our show,” Blake explains. And once we took the lid off that we were able to create a lot of new things, tell a lot of new stories, but we always knew there were elements of the book series that we wanted to make sure were there on screen. “

This is not the first time that vampire academy He’s got a direct adaptation. A movie version came out in 2014, though it was a commercial and critical failure. The show and movie will have nothing in common, and in some ways it’s an attempt to right it this time around.

“I haven’t seen the movie, nor Julie,” McIntyre says. “Julie said that, because when she saw the trailer, she didn’t quite feel how she responded to the books and thought, ‘Okay, I’ll just take a pass. “I loved the books and kept them. I had never seen the movie, and when I knew we were, I didn’t want to see the movie because I wanted to stay new by showing us it. In some ways, it’s not about the movie at all.”

MacIntyre adds that even though the books are more than a decade old, the series really speaks volumes about this moment in time.

“Now is the time to tell this story because it’s really about a world teetering on the edges,” she says. “There is a change in the system, there is so much injustice in the inherently unjust society that these two young women are suddenly about to inherit, their minds have fallen a little, and they are a little protected by their friendship and family…we think it’s time for a revolutionary friendship between two strong and wonderful women.”

“It’s not just another vampire show,” Blake adds. “It really feels like something totally unique and I’m excited to show it.”

vampire academy the first show on the peacock On the 15th of September.

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