Vampire Academy to Hit the Big Screen?
06.29.10 by REELZ
Vampire Academy, a New York Times bestselling series of books by author Richelle Mead, is the latest young adult phenomenon in line to get the movie treatment. The series has been optioned by Preger Entertainment, and looks set to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga.
In today's press release, Preger spoke of the online fan popularity of the series, saying:
This spontaneous viral event has exploded all across the internet. Finding an epic story like this for adaptation is one thing, but to then discover this mass market audience, that's growing exponentially, who are eagerly awaiting — even demanding — a film be produced, is something very compelling."
Vampire Academy tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old half-human, half-vampire girl or "Dhampir" caught up in a world of vampires. Together with best friend Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi vampire, they try and defeat the world's Strigoi — evil vampires out for blood. Add to that an epic romance between Rose and instructor Dimitri Belikov, and you have a surefire hit for Twilight fans.
Author Richelle Mead was quick to caution fans not to expect a movie too soon, with emphasis on the option only. If Vampire Academy does find itself on the big screen, will it succeed in drawing an audience of Bella and Edward fans? Or is the teen vampire genre due to die out sooner than expected? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.