Syfy is bringing the grindhouse genre to television. The NBCU owned cable network has given the green-light to Blood Drive, which is described as “a high-octane over-the-top scripted series in the classic grindhouse movie tradition”. 13 episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season.
Written by James Roland, Blood Drive is set in a near-apocalyptic future and centers around LA’s last good cop who is forced to join a twisted, gory cross-country death race — with cars powered by blood and a dangerous femme fatale partner who sees people as fuel. Universal Cable Productions is producing, with John Hlavin and David Straiton serving as the executive producers. Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler will serve as producers.
“The grindhouse cinema style remains largely untapped in television. The combination of gritty action and dark humor can push the envelope in some fun and unexpected ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, Chief Content Officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and President of Universal Cable Productions. “Blood Drive has all these elements and more. We’re excited to partner with John Hlavin and David Straiton to bring this cool, action-packed series to life.”
Blood Drive is the latest project to score a straight-to-series order at Syfy as the network has been trialling different development models outside of the traditional pilot as part of their push back into scripted drama. Other such projects that bypassed a pilot and were picked up straight-to-series at the network include Dark Matter, from Stargate’s Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi; Hunters, from The Walking Dead‘s Gale Anne Hurd; and the eagerly anticipated space-opera The Expanse.
“This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema”, added Dave Howe, President of Syfy and Chiller. “With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series.”