Producers Don Murphy (Transformers) and Michael Preger (Village of the Damned) are teaming up on the project. In a press release announcing Vampire Academy's march to the big screen, Murphy stated, "The joy of these books is that in the wake of Twilight they offer a chance to create a movie franchise that guys will want to see as well as girls. Michael and I plan on positioning the films as something both sexes will enjoy together, expanding the genre of sexy young vampires to a whole new audience. We are beginning discussions with studios immediately."
"We want the young male audience onboard with this project and we believe Mead has offered up a universe with which to accomplish that," added Preger.
The series follows Rose, a 17 year old half-vampire/half-human who fights evil vampires and gets caught up in a forbidden romance. Fans of the series had been campaigning for Mead's books to be made into feature films, creating their own movie trailers, stills, and even an online petition urging Hollywood to take notice of the series. When Preger Entertainment purchased the film rights to the series in June, Michael Preger acknowledged the fan support the series has generated: "This spontaneous viral event has exploded all across the internet. Finding an epic story like this for adaptation is one thing, but to then discover this mass market audience, that's growing exponentially, who are eagerly awaiting - even demanding - a film be produced, is something very compelling."
There's no word yet on when production is expected to begin. The sixth and final book of the series, Last Sacrifice, hits stores this December.
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