Ian Somerhalder

Netflix orders 10-episode vampire series V-Wars, starring Ian Somerhalder

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Apr 16, 2018

Nearly a year after Castlevania became a hit on the streaming service, Netflix is returning to vampire stories.

The streaming giant has given a 10-episode order to V-Wars, a new bloodsucking drama based on the series of books of the same name edited by Jonathan Maberry (Rot & RuinDead of Night) and published by IDW. The series debuted in 2012 as a volume of prose stories documenting "the first Vampire War," featuring everything from tales of the plague's patient zero to "vampire terrorist cells." Three more volumes of prose have followed, along with an IDW comic book series co-created by Maberry. William Laurin and Glenn Davis, creators of the Canadian crime drama 1-800-Missing, will serve as showrunners for the series.

Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Boone Carlyle on Lost and his eight seasons as Damon Salvatore on the CW series The Vampire Diaries, will star in V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann. Swann enters what will become the Vampire War when a disease begins to infect his best friend, Michael Fayne. The mysterious illness transforms Michael and begins to spread, splitting society up into factions as uninfected people begin to fight back against the new vampire threat. As Michael rises to become a leader among the creatures, Dr. Swann fights to understand the disease that claimed his friend.

“We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season,” IDW Entertainment President David Ozer said in a statement, per Deadline. “We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”

V-Wars began development back in 2014 as a straight-to-series project from IDW Entertainment and eOne TV, and while eOne is no longer attached, the series has finally found a home at Netflix as IDW continues to expand its live-action projects. Its fantasy series Wynonna Earp returns for a third season later this year on SYFY and Space, and its adaptation of the horror comic series Locke & Key is still searching for a streaming home.

V-Wars does not yet have a premiere date, but we'll keep you updated as the production continues.