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Syfy has just grabbed some exciting talent to lead their upcoming 13-episode grindhouse show ‘Blood Drive’ as Alan Ritchson (‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘,’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) has just joined the cast. This 13-episode series was ordered straight to series has John Hlavin and David Straiton on board as Executive Producers for Universal Cable Prods. Straiton is also set to direct based off of a script by James Roland.

Ritchson will play Arthur Bailey and the series takes place in Los Angeles in a near future that has quite the apocalyptic setting. Bailey is set to be a former police officer who now works private security. His partner is a femme fatale who has not been cast at this time. While most of those that work private security are quite violent, Bailey is not and really just wants to help make the world a better place. During his investigation for the firm, he has to join the Blood Drive which is a death race where the cars actually run on human blood instead of gasoline.

According to Syfy president Dave Howe:

“This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.”

Chief Content Officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President of Universal Cable Productions Jeff Wachtel states that:

“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.”

There is no release date given at this time but with Syfy’s increase in budget and storytelling as demonstrated by shows such as ‘The Expanse‘ this could really be something to look forward to.

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