With True Blood about to end, it looks like IDW may be about to usher in a scarier kind of vamp for television.
IDW Publishing is no stranger to the more violent kinds of vampire stories. One if its most successful stories, 30 Days of Night, penned by Steve Niles, might be one of the bleakest and bloodiest vampire stories ever created.
And, seemingly with that in mind, IDW's partnership with EOne (which was announced about a month ago) has revealed what its first adaptation will be -- V-Wars.
Haven't read it? That's OK. IDW's line of short stories and novels aren't as well known as its comics are. Here's the gist:
V-Wars is set in a world transformed by a catastrophic environmental event that releases a millennial-old virus that once triggered, affects individuals differently depending on their DNA. The result is vampires as unique as their cultures and a response from those unaffected humans like never seen before.
The original collection of prose stories was written by New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry. Meanwhile, three-time Emmy Award nominee Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville) will be writing the pilot and will take the lead as executive producer on the series as well.
Says Schlatmann of these new vampires, "This is a story that takes everything the audience thinks they know about vampires and throws it out the window. They're not the undead. They’re us." Adds Maberry, "V-Wars is a head-on collision of real-world science, terrorism, special forces action, ethics, politics and an exploration of what defines us as human."
So, basically, what may be most gruesome about these stories might not be the vampires so much as it is the people. Yup. We could see fans of both 30 Days of Night and True Blood getting into this series.