This summer, Guillermo del Toro and FX are delivering a different kind of vampire story with their viral bloodsucker series The Strain, but they’re not the only ones getting in on this act. IDW is teaming up with EOne entertainment to develop a new television series, the first for both partners, based on Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry’s V-Wars.
While IDW is most known for their laundry list of comic book titles like 30 Days of Night, Doctor Who, and G.I. Joe, V-Wars is a collection of prose stories. Much like Max Brooks’ World War Z, the narrative tells the story of the Vampire Wars and even includes the human race battling it out with vampire terrorist cells.
Set in a world being transformed by catastrophic environmental changes, and the melting of the polar ice caps unleashes ancient bacteria that has laid dormant for thousands of years. This plague works on victim’s junk DNA, though with varying results for different people. As the disease sweeps across different countries and areas, each gives rise to unique strain of vampire like the world has never seen before. This does actually sound rather similar to The Strain, where a long forgotten virus resurfaces to wreak havoc on the world, but the end result does sound like something else. Every culture has its own myths of night dwellers, and this work also draws on those distinct pieces of vampire lore for inspiration.
Here is what Maberry has to say about V-Wars:
Tim Schlattmann, who has worked on the likes of Dexter and Smallville (as well as a short called Jenny Got A Boob Job, if you’re interested) will write the pilot. After that he will also serve as executive producer on the series.
The aim is to make a show that is as much about the people as it is about the monsters. He says, “This is a story that takes everything the audience thinks they know about vampires and throws it out the window. They’re not the undead. They’re us…V-Wars is a head-on collision of real-world science, terrorism, special forces action, ethics, politics and an exploration of what defines us as human.”
There is no word on whether or not there is a network involved in V-Wars, but given the description that sounds rather graphic and violent, it’s not hard to imagine this landing at one of the bigger premium cable networks. For some reason Cinemax or Starz seems like a good fit, but who knows.