Peacock has given a straight to series 10-episode order for Vampire Academy from Universal Television and executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals). Plec is adapting the series — a story of romance, friendship, death, sex, and scandal — with longtime collaborator Marguerite MacIntyre, who will also serve as executive producer and co-showrunner.
Vampire Academy is based on a series of young adult paranormal romance novels by international bestselling author Richelle Mead. In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women’s friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter royal vampire society. This serialized and sexy drama combines the elegance of aristocratic romance and the supernatural thrills of the vampire genre.
The book series is a personal favorite of Plec’s, who read them in the early 2000s well before her time on Vampire Diaries. “When I signed my new deal with Universal Television, they asked what project I had always been dying to make and my immediate answer was Vampire Academy,” said Plec.
“Julie Plec created one of the biggest fan-favorite universes with The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals and Legacies, and we are excited to deliver this passionate audience a brand new story on Peacock,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Julie is known for binge-able, enthralling dramas and we know Vampire Academy will keep Peacock viewers right on the edge of their seats.”
Vampire Academy is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. Plec will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer for the series. Marguerite MacIntyre will serve along with Plec as writer, executive producer, and co-showrunner. Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayer, Jillian DeFrehn also serve as executive producers.