Heathers Scribe Completes Vampire Academy Adaptation, Director Comes Aboard

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Back in 2010, word broke that the “Vampire Academy” novels were making their way to the screen.  Here we are at the tail-end of 2012 with a series of updates that broke throughout this week, namely over at a Facebook page made for the forthcoming Vampire Academy adaptation. 

Producer Don Murphy (Splice, Transformers) delivered a one-two punch revealing Dan Waters has completed a script.  Waters, if you recall, gave us Heathers.  “Dan has written a brilliant screenplay for Vampire Academy. Smart and funny, clever and really a great read – it is going to make a terrific film,” says Murphy.

A few days later, news of a director broke…

Apparently, Mark Waters – Dan’s brother, also the director of Mean Girls – will take the helm and casting is about to start very soon.

What the hell is “Vampire Academy”?  It’s a series of novels penned by Richelle Mead.  The publisher’s synopsis goes like this:

Set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. Richelle Mead shifts the focus from the brooding male vampires of “Twilight”, “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” to that of a strong, yet flawed, 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir’s Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society. 

Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir’s waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.

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