IFC adapting 'Anita Blake' vampire novel
In 2009, IFC Cable network announced an adaption of the popular vampire novel as its first-ever theatrical-length movie production. IFC teamed with Lionsgate for a TV movie based on the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books.
The 16-books-and-counting Blake novels by Laurell K. Hamilton includes elements familiar to fans of "True Blood" (vampires are part of regular society) and "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" (tough young female fights supernatural forces). The project was supposed to be adapted by Glen Morgan ("X-Files," "Final Destination"), who also serves as executive producer along with Courtney Solomon ("Dungeons and Dragons"). IFC targeted the movie to its core base of men ages 18-34 and plans to air the movie in 2010.
In the books, Anita Blake is a vampire hunter with a lousy dating life who also works as a police consultant investigating supernatural crimes. She attempts to come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate a romantic and political relationships within the vampire community.
"Laurell has created a fascinating heroine in Anita Blake, and we quickly recognized the onscreen potential for this vivid character," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of TV programming and production. "We have an outstanding creative team and are excited to be moving forward with IFC, which will allow us to fully explore the complex world of Laurell's highly intriguing and erotically charged novels."
In October 2009, Laurell K. Hamilton announced on her blog that the TV show had been cancelled.
- IFC (04/03/2009). "IFC's First Original Movie! Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter". IFC Now. http://www.ifc.com/blogs/ifc-now/2009/04/ifcs-first-original-movie-laur.php. Retrieved 04/03/2009.
- Laurell K. Hamilton (11/22/2009). "The TV Show On IFC is Not Happening". http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/index.php/site/comments/the_tv_show_on_ifc_is_not_happening/. Retrieved 11/22/2009.