The Vampire Academy adaptation, based on the series of books by Richelle Mead, has the potential to be the big new hit for Peacock. We’ve seen YA vampires done well before thanks to Julie Plec, so it’s great news that she’s developing and executive producing the project.
After the box office failure of the first time this series was adapted I know the fans have their fingers crossed that the series does it justice. Going with a series instead of movie allows for more depth. And with six books and over 8 million copies sold, the audience should be there to see the story through. We’ve seen many other fantasy teen shows succeed like Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf, which means there are big expectations for this new Vampire Academy adaptation.
This page was updated: 9/21/22
About The Book:
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…
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Current Production Status: Airing weekly on Peacock as of September 15th. The finale is scheduled for October 27th.
Vampire Academy Adaptation Timeline:
The first book was published in 2007 with five more quickly following, the last in the series being published in 2010. A movie adaptation of the first book was released in 2014 but was a critical and financial failure. The author attempted to crowdfund for a sequel but not enough money was raised to move forward. In 2015 Julie Plec mentioned on Twitter that she would like to adapt the series for television.
It didn’t happen right away but eventually in May 2021 Peacock picked it up with a straight-to-series. A few people who had worked on the first movie adaptation were brought back because of their familiarity with the characters and world. Casting was announced in August and filming began in Spain the next month. In July 2022 a release date of September 15th was announced. A few weeks later at San Diego Comic Con the first teaser trailer was released.
The show currently has a 45% tomatometer and 30% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 5.9/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights: My So-Called Company (Julie Plec’s production company), Universal Television
Who Is Attached: Daniela Nieves, Jennifer Kirby, Craig Stevenson, Louisa Connolly-Burnham, Nikol Kollars
Filming Locations: Various places around Spain including Olite, Zaragoza, and Pamplona.
Estimated Release: September 15, 2022
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