With The Magicians already on the way, Syfy has picked up another supernatural series for 2016 that’s digging a bit deeper into the literary canon.
The network has ordered a 13-episode season for Van Helsing, which aims to put a fresh spin on the classic tale of the monster/vampire/werewolf hunter. The Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) series will focus on a female character, Vanessa Helsing, who is the latest in the lineage of famed monster fighters. The narrative will pick up with Vanessa resurrected in a future where the world is ruled by vampires. Though all seems lost, Vanessa realizes she holds a mysterious power over the bloodsuckers that could make her humanity’s last hope.
It’s an interesting concept, and if they can pay off the promises of “high-octane” action, it could make for a solid addition to the schedule. Behind the scenes, the series will be produced by Neil LaBute (who will serve as showrunner), Simon Barry (creator of the recently ended Continuum) and a few others. The production is managed under the same banner that produces FX’s excellent Fargo series, Nomadic Pictures.
"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” LaBute said in a statement. “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.”
Having Barry on the roster behind the scenes is an excellent move, as he created one of the best female-led sci-fi shows in recent history (Continuum). Seriously, go watch that show if you haven't already. Like, right now. If there’s anyone who can craft a compelling, butt-kicking female lead — it’s him.
Production on Van Helsing is set to kick off in January, with plans to debut the series in fall 2016.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)