Syfy picks up post-apocalyptic, grindhouse-style death race series Blood Drive

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Jul 31, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

If you’ve been jonesing for some throwback, 1970s-style sci-fi action, Blood Drive might just fit the bill. You have to give Syfy credit: They don't seem afraid to try some new things.

The network (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.), has announced the new 13-episode series Blood Drive, which is described as a high-octane, over-the-top scripted series in the classic grindhouse movie tradition. Set in a near-apocalyptic future, the series centers around L.A.’s last good cop, who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race — with cars powered by blood (literally) and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel.

On the surface, this sounds like one of the weirdest pitches we’ve seen in a while — which is exactly what makes it so exciting. Sure, this could be a train wreck, but it’ll at least be a weirdly ambitious trainwreck. Syfy President Dave Howe said the season was conceived as a “roller coaster ride” with “fast-paced thrills.”

“The grindhouse cinema style remains largely untapped in television. The combination of gritty action and dark humor can push the envelope in some fun and unexpected ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President, Universal Cable Productions. “Blood Drive has all these elements and more. We’re excited to partner with John Hlavin and David Straiton to bring this cool, action-packed series to life.”

The series comes from executive producers John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening, The Shield) and David Straiton (Bates Motel, Hemlock Grove). Straiton is also signed on to direct. James Roland penned the pilot. Fredrik Malmberg (Conan the Barbarian) and Mark Wheeler will serve as producers.

What do you think of the pitch? Would you tune in for Blood Drive?