To this bit of news I can only respond with: "It's about time." For those not into young adult books, Vampire Academy is a bestselling series by Richelle Mead. And yes, it does feature vampires - obviously. And, there will be those who automatically assume it's another Twilight. But, this series is smartly written and the lead female character doesn't depend on a man (living or undead) to save or define her. If the series must be squeezed into a young-adult-book-to-screen box, it would share much more in common with The Hunger Games and Katniss than Twilight and Bella.
Just to get to the point of hiring a director has taken a few years, as we first reported Vampire Academy had its feature film rights picked up back in July 2010. Now Deadline is sayingMark Waters (Mean Girls, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) will direct the first film of the series from a screenplay by his brother, Daniel.
The first movie of the franchise will be known as Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters and thus far three of the lead roles have been cast: Zoey Deutch ('Rose'), Lucy Fry ('Lissa'), and Danila Kozlovskiy ('Dimitri').
The official synopsis, courtesy of the book series' official site: "St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school-it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's-the very place where they're most in danger. Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi-the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires-make Lissa one of them forever."