A few years ago, the big-screen adaptation of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy YA series landed in theaters. But it landed with a loud thud. But hey, 2014 might as well have been 1914 in pop culture terms. Time for a do-over! According to a report coming from Collider, the Vampire Academy series is now getting a straight-to-series order at the Peacock streaming service.
Someone who knows a thing or two about bloodsuckers is giving the series new life. Peacock is teaming up with executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) for the Vampire Academy‘s second time at bat. (See what we did there?) Also working on the series is Marguerite MacIntyre. She too is a veteran of the Vampire Diaries spin-off Legacies. Here’s the streamer’s official description for the series:
St. Vladmir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school — it’s a hidden place where vampire royals are educated and half-human teens train to protect them from the savage ‘Strigoi’ vampires who would like to see them destroyed.
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Peacock also states the show is:
…a story of romance, friendship, death, sex, and scandal. Vampire Academy is based on a series of young adult paranormal romance novels by international bestselling author Richelle Mead. In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society. This serialized and sexy drama combines the elegance of aristocratic romance and the supernatural thrills of the vampire genre.
Judging from the sound of that, it doesn’t sound like the series is straying too far from the source material. In the wake of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Hollywood went in hard for movie adaptations of YA novels. But few found big box office returns—besides the ones we just mentioned of course. In recent years, studios have realized that those same YA novels have a much better shot at success by becoming streaming series. Certainly, that change in format helped the adaptation of His Dark Materials.
While we don’t have a release date just yet, we do know Vampire Academy will have 10 60-minute episodes and film in Spain. And we know the cast as of late August, too. The Vampire Academy cast is Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway, Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov, André Dae Kim as Christian Ozera, J. August Richards as Victor Dashkov, Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Tatiana Vogel, Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mia Karp, Rhian Blundell as Meredith, Jonetta Kaiser as Sonya Karp, and Andrew Liner as Mason Ashford.
Originally published on May 19, 2021.