Yet another failed book-to-movie adaptation is getting a second chance at the live-action treatment. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is being adapted into a TV series for Peacock by The Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec.
The streaming service ordered the adaptation straight-to-series and it will consist of ten episodes. Plec will write and serve as executive producer and showrunner with Marguerite MacIntyre, who starred as Sheriff Forbes on The Vampire Diaries and has written and produced for both The Originals and Legacies as co-showrunner. The series will be produced by Universal Television as Plec has an overall deal with the company.
Vampire Academy consists of six books that follow Rose Hathaway, who is training to be a guardian for her best friend, Vasilisa Dragomir, a royal princess in the vampire society. In a statement about her new series, Plec (who has long been interested in adapting the Vampire Academy series) said, “When I signed my new deal with Universal Television, they asked what project I had always been dying to make and my immediate answer was Vampire Academy.”
“Julie Plec created one of the biggest fan-favorite universes with The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals and Legacies, and we are excited to deliver this passionate audience a brand new story on Peacock,” said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal Television. “Julie is known for binge-able, enthralling dramas and we know Vampire Academy will keep Peacock viewers right on the edge of their seats.”
Vampire Academy was originally adapted into a film back in 2014, but it was both a critical and financial failure. The film was helmed by Mean Girls director Mark Waters and starred Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Dominic Sherwood, and Sarah Hyland.
“From The Vampire Diaries to The Originals, Julie has mastered captivating audiences with memorable characters, compelling storylines and delicious escapism,” added Erin Underhill, President at Universal TV. “Vampire Academy delivers them all. We are very excited to see Julie’s ambitious and creative vision of this distinct world come to life, and can’t wait to share the series with Peacock viewers. I have no doubt fans will love what she’s cooked up.”
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