You’re all familiar with the vampire hunter known as Van Helsing, correct? He first appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1987 Dracula novel. Like any old public domain character, he’s had plenty of adaptions and reinterpretations over the decades cinema has existed. In 2012 Universal announced they wanted to make a new Van Helsing movie — which was odd, because they just made one eight years before then, and nobody liked it.
They took the hint and the project went back to the drawing board. Now the plans have changed: cable channel SyFy is announcing a Van Helsing TV series, with a twist. This will tell the story of a different Van Helsing: his daughter Vanessa, who decides to take up her father’s occupation in his absence. The show is set in the near future, when the vampire problem has become much worse than it is now.
We don’t know much about the new show beyond that, but writer/director Neil LaBute will be the showrunner, and he’s the one who gave us Wicker Man (and by extension, “NOT THE BEES!”). “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.”
Shooting of the new show will begin in Vancouver next January, and SyFy plans to start airing the finished episodes next fall.