IFC Adapting 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' Novel Series

April 01, 2009 07:07:28 GMT

The New York Times best-selling novel 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' will be transformed into a TV movie and aired on IFC next year.

IFC Adapting 'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' Novel Series
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IFC are cashing on the Vampire fever by gearing up a project based on Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire novel series that have sold over 6 millions worldwide. The cable network will adapt "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" series to a TV movie in partnership with Lionsgate and After Dark Films.

Published by Penguin Group, the series has spawned 16 books and still counting. It follows the heroin Anita Blake who has a lousy love life and a job as an investigator of supernatural cases. It has the element of "True Blood" where vampires and shape shifters live among humans and considered citizens of America.

"Laurell has created a fascinating heroine in Anita Blake, and we quickly recognized the onscreen potential for this vivid character," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of TV programming and production. "We have an outstanding creative team and are excited to be moving forward with IFC, which will allow us to fully explore the complex world of Laurell's highly intriguing and erotically charged novels."

Production will be kicked off this summer for airing next year with "The X-Files" scribe Giles Morgan on the scriptwriting department. He will also be executive producing the show with Courtney Solomon ("An American Haunting"). Target of audience is aimed at men 18-34.

"The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore," said Jennifer Caserta, executive VP and general manager of IFC. "Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming."


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posted by eviltemptation12 on Oct 20, 2010
- Its been a while now and i see no tv series or tc movie... What happened to that
posted by JonSnow on Feb 08, 2010
KittyClaws- in response. It isn't guys having sex with guys, not yet anyways. I love women, love sex, totally straight. I also love these books, I'm on book 7 and they just get more intense. Could people stop being so biased, I mean, come on... when it described Anita in that leather strapped outfit in Killing Dance... I think, yes, it is initially targeted at a female audience, but why shouldn't I enjoy them. You don't automatically become homosexual because you like to read the same books women do. And did I mention the sexy female vampire slaying action packed adventures??? Twilight sucks... Anita is cool, True Blood is neat, Anne Rice is cool. But all this teenage vampire crap coming out now is disgusting. Laurell K. Hamilton knows how to make a vampire novel, if anyone deserves a show/movie, it's her and her anita blake books.
posted by Jonsnow on Feb 08, 2010
I'm a straight non-virgin male and I love the anita blake books... What's with people saying it is only for girls and gay guys? What's not to like about them, you got a sexy necromancer who fights vampires and other preternatural creatures... you have action, and loads of it. Tons of killing and violence and sex... what's there not for a man to like?
posted by writerarb on Jan 31, 2010
So far it doesn't sound too good for the movie. the target should be totally female. I was so disappointed with True Blood. I hope they don't screw this up, especially with the casting
posted by flamingo on Jan 26, 2010
im so happy they're doing this...i love the books but i think it'd have more success as a tv series than a made-for-tv movie.. And I always though the song Teeth by Lady Gaga would be the perfect theme song.. show me your teeth.
posted by Jen on Jan 04, 2010
I absolutely agree with everyone else. I love this series so much. It is the best series of books I have read in a long time, and it is in no way directed towards men. I really hope they don't ruin it. The characters are so deep and complex it is going to be hard to capture it with actors. I know they won't be able to do it justice, but hopefully they won't ruin it. Although with their thought that it should be geared towards men, I have my doubts about their abilities.
posted by KittyClaws on Nov 22, 2009
posted by mrs.asumu on Nov 04, 2009
ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!?!? directed to 18-34 yr old male audiences?!?! YOU ARE RETARDED. if you actually picked up a damn book yourself, these books are directed towards WOMEN. it's about a sexy, smooth, intelligent woman that can play with the "big boys" too...meaning the cops, vamps, lycans and all the other male characters in these books. i am already disappointed completely and i think this movie is already butchered in knowing that its directed towards men. these books are so amazing and depth as well as wont be able to bring this to life on screen...neither will u ever find the right actors/actresses that will match the characters in the book. the butchered twilytes characters and the book by the boring movie...Hamiltons books are are 10X in the world do u think u could get this on screen and NOT screw it up. so mad. vent right there. :P
posted by T.C on Oct 19, 2009
im just like all the other reader out there once you pick up a book you cant put it down, i just hope that they dont forcus on just the male views but as the female aswell
posted by T.C on Oct 19, 2009
im a male just started to read anita blake books a couple a months now and im hook. Im straight, and i still read her books they are just great i cant wait for the movie and the tv show i just hope they put it more like the books and not something that will only work with males just because it will suck i hope they keep it for more of the ladies
posted by Lena on Sep 24, 2009
I've been reading the Anita Blake novels for a while now also and no male that I know,except for the gay one, reads her novels or is interested in the new Vampire movies or shows. I agree that the target audience should be female!
posted by volvovamp on Sep 10, 2009
i really really hope that they dont mess up the actors portraying the character, because of the images that i have in my head of Jean-Claude and the other men, they are so hot and they rock, they better not screw it all up...yeah and Anita cannot be a slut and in the article that says the demographic of being men, that is just stupid i love the series and im a women. all i have to say is DON'T SCREW IT UP!!!!
posted by VIKTORIA on Sep 06, 2009
posted by Tasha on Aug 12, 2009
Wow geared to a male audience??? So many females read those novels. Hopefully that doesn't mess everything up!
posted by Xavia on Jul 21, 2009
Uhhm? Targeting 18-34 year old males? WHAT??? It's more like 18 - 50 year old females, if the writer of this article had even read one of the books from the series he would have known that. Sure there is a lot og erotica in the books, but it's mostly in Anita Blakes point of view so it's easier for women to imagine themselves in Anitas place, i think men would be kind of put of by that. And i really hope the Anita in the movie/ series isn't portrayed as a skank. I hope the casting good and i really hope Hamilton puts her foot down if they want to change major stuff! I hope it dosen't turn out to be another Twilight movie, where the book rocked and the movie sucked!
posted by auburn on Jul 06, 2009
exactly. i hope they dont mess this series up. and it is most definatly not a mainly male dominant storyline. Cast good characters please....god it would ruin the whole thing if they dont fill the roles properly
posted by phx on Jun 30, 2009
oh and i mean i nowTRue blood came out with a seriers first. and i like it ok but Anita Blake is so so much better and has been around for like what what almost 17 years lol.its like a B version Anita blake.tho the seriers keeps me mwatching it lol
posted by phx on Jun 30, 2009
i really realllllllly hope they dotn mess this up! i soo so s oo love the anita blake novels.(Edward is my looove!) i hope they dont change anything! its gonna be difficult to cast tho. everyone is soo hot lol. gosh LKH please be apart of this! like hardcore. i hope she doesnt just let them have full control.
posted by Lucy on Jun 30, 2009
The description doesn't mean heroin as in the drug it means heroine as in a female hero.
posted by Lucy on Jun 30, 2009
Of course the target audience is going to be guys 18-34, b/c the producers are going to be completely stupid and turn what is a really good action novel series into a horrible porno flick with guns. They'll dress Anita like a skank and make it seem like she does whatever the men in her life tell her to do. Just watch, it'll happen, you know it will.
posted by vjsimpact on Jun 18, 2009
posted by Meh on Jun 15, 2009
Wow. If I'd been knew to the novels i would have been turned off by that last comment. " I didn't know Anita Blake was a drug addict" ? WTF??? No if your referring to "heroine" that means she's the protagonist in the novel. Not that shes a DRUG user. My god. I'm very interested in theses books I've read 10 of them in a little over 3 weeks. I can't seem to put the down. If its a good adaptation i would love a Tv show. something to show my friends who aren't readers. Besides i would l LOVE to see who they come up for Jean Claud. *sigh* he's sp sexy( at least in my head lol).
posted by Me on Jun 15, 2009
Wow. I'd be turned of just by how stupid that last comment was. "
posted by Wolfen on May 28, 2009
"It follows the heroin Anita Blake who has a lousy love life and a job as an investigator of supernatural cases" I didn't know Anita did drugs. She doesn't even drink in the books & here she'd an addict. Hmmm. They'll never find someone to pull off a convincing JC. And that male viewers stuff- come on.
posted by Jobaby on May 03, 2009
Actually, most readers of this series ARE women. Check out the LKH's mostly female. This whole "18-34 male" thing is aggravating b'cause it's more like 18-50 female.
posted by Christian on May 01, 2009
I agree, their main target shouldn't be 18-34 year old males. I love the Anita Blake series and can't wait for the next one! Casting is one of the only problems I have. Who will they cast, and will it end up being a complete flop?
posted by Syrial on Apr 25, 2009
I don't think that IFC should only be targeting the 18-34 year old males. I know alot of women that read the books and love all the characters and can't wait for the next book to come out. I am one of those women!
posted by bella on Apr 23, 2009
i just started reading anita blake novels about a few months ago and i love them!!!! i cant wait to see this.
posted by Nikki on Apr 19, 2009
When do the they start casting?
posted by Lauret on Apr 01, 2009
Holy WOW! I've been reading the Anita Blake novels for a while now and always wanted them to make it into a show or film. This is amazing! I hope it's going to be as good as True Blood! I'm glad I stumbled upon this article..

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