Syfy has acquired a female take on “Van Helsing” from Nomadic Pictures, with Neil LaBute set as showrunner. The 13-episode, hourlong series reimagines the Dracula mythology with the resurrection of Vanessa Helsing, the next in line of a lineage of warriors who now must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires.
Per Nomadic’s release, When Vanessa Helsing is resurrected five years in the future, she learns vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
Production on the series will begin in January 2016 in Vancouver, BC, for an intended fall premiere. Dynamic Television will distribute the show internationally.
“Van Helsing represents a new mythology in sci-fi by challenging traditional vampire rules,” said Chad Oakes, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “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. Mike and I are thrilled to team up once again with the talented Neil LaBute to deliver an amazing series.”
“Chad and I are excited to be working with Syfy and Chris Regina again to vamp up the vampire genre on this exciting new series,” added Mike Frislev, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures.
“‘Van Helsing’ reimagines a classic story in a compelling new way, featuring a bold and complex heroine,” said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy. “This high octane acquired original series will be a terrific addition to our lineup next year.”
“I am extremely excited to be working with Syfy and Nomadic Pictures to create a unique, character-driven action series that will move the traditional vampire tropes into bold and unexpected new territories,” said LaBute. “This is a wonderful chance for us to forge great stories and unforgettable characters and throw them into a world where the stakes — both dramatic and personal — are tremendously high. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Chad and Mike at Nomadic again and with Chris Regina at Syfy. The combination of all of us on this project together is going to be combustible. I hope we rip the doors off this genre week after week.”
“Van Helsing” is produced by Nomadic Pictures. Executive Producers are Oakes, Frislev, showrunner/writer LaBute, Simon Barry, Evan Tyler, Dave Brown and Daniel March. Nomadic Pictures will distribute the series within Canada, Fallout Asylum and Dynamic Television will distribute the series in the United States and Dynamic will distribute the series throughout the rest of the world.