Syfy is continuing to bulk up on drama for their 2016 line-up.
The NBCU backed cable channel has inked a deal with Fallout Asylum and Dynamic Television to acquire the exclusive U.S. television rights to Van Helsing, the 13 episode drama series from Canadian indie Nomadic Pictures, who alongside eOne, are also behind AMC’s Hell On Wheels.
Rather than focussing on the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing that everyone is familiar with, this TV series focusses on his daughter Vanessa Helsing, who is resurrected five years in the future to find out that vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. She is humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
The thirteen episode drama series is set to enter production in Vancouver early next year for a Fall 2016 premiere. Nomadic Pictures is producing in association with Dynamic Television, who are handling global sales. Neil la Bute is the showrunner and will executive produce alongside Simon Barry, Evan Tyler, Dave Brown, Daniel March and Chad Oakes and Mike Frisley. Casting has not yet been set.
“Van Helsing reimagines a classic story in a compelling new way, featuring a bold and complex heroine,” said Chris Regina, Syfy’s Senior Vice President for Program Strategy, who brokered the deal with Dynamic Television and Fallout Asylum. “This high octane acquired original series will be a terrific addition to our lineup next year”, he added.
2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Syfy, The network will have a whole wealth of content next year as their aggressive push back into scripted drama starts to show dividends. Series set to debut next year include The Expanse, The Magicians, Hunters, Childhood’s End, 3001: The Final Odyssey; while Killjoys and Dark Matter will also be back with their respective second seasons.