Hollywood is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to vampire content. NBC is currently developing a new series based on a character from Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The network has given the series, which is titled The Last American Vampire, a script commitment with Terry Matalas both writing and executive producing. Grahame-Smith will also serve executive producer alongside David Katzenberg, reuniting the pair who both produced last year’s It remake.
According to Variety, The Last American Vampire “follows Abby, a young analyst, as she’s recruited into a special division of the FBI that investigates unique and mysterious cases. While working on her first case tracking a string of bizarre murders she discovers her new enigmatic partner also happens to be a 500-year-old vampire.”
The series will be in good hands with Matalas who co-created SyFy’s series adaption of 12 Monkeys, which ran for four seasons. He has also written for Star Trek: Enterprise, Nikita and Terra Nova.
The original Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel is a biographical action horror mash-up where Grahame-Smith reconstructed the true life story of our 16th president all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of the nation. In 2012 it was adapted into a film directed by Timur Bekmambetov starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Jimmi Simpson. The film went on to gross over $116 million worldwide.
Should The Last American Vampire be picked up by NBC it would join a catalog of hour-long dramas including This Is Us, Manifest, New Amsterdam, Blindspot, and Dick Wolf’s Law and Order: SVU and Chicago universe.
What do you think about the potential vampire-inspired series? Are you excited for a new iteration of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Let us know!
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