We’ve got exciting news for fans of Jonathan Maberry‘s ‘V-Wars! Netflix has not only placed a 10-episode order for a series adaptation but has also cast Ian Somerhalder (‘Pulse’,’Lost’) as the lead! This isn’t quite the type of vampires that Somerhalder might recognize from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and should make for excellent viewing for action-horror fans!
The straight-to-order series follows Dr. Luther Swann who Somerhalder will be portraying who learns about an entirely new world hidden in the shadows when his friend, Michael Fayne, is infected by a mysterious disease that turns him into a predator who must feed on humans to survive. We quickly see that the virus is spreading and more people are being transformed with society falling apart as humans and vampires go to war with one another. While Swann is trying to find a way to develop a cure for his friend and humanity, Faye becomes the leader of the vampires, and the two will come into confrontation with one another.
High Park Entertainment and IDW Entertainment are producing the series and William Laurin, and Glenn Davis are serving as the showrunners. At this time Brad Turner (‘Stargate,”Stargate Atlantis’) is set to both direct and be an executive producer for the series.
According to IDW Entertainment President David Ozer:
“We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”
The world of ‘V-Wars’ originally came out in 2012 in a prose anthology. Four volumes have been released to date as well as comics and graphic novels from IDW which have further fleshed out the story.
IDW’s founder and CEO Ted Adams recognizes how important the franchise is to the company as he stated that:
“We’re very happy to see this deal happen because V-Wars is the series that got IDW Entertainment off the ground.”
‘V-Wars’ already has a huge fan base and this has the potential to introduce the series to non-comic readers who love to binge television. I’m eager to see this when it debuts on Netflix and hope that we’ll find out more casting details soon!
Are you looking forward to ‘V-Wars’ having its own television series? Do you feel that this could open the door to IDW having ‘Locke & Key’ move to Netflix as well since Hulu passed on the recent pilot for the series? Share your thoughts below!