When it rains, it pours. Shortly after the news of Mark Waters' attachment as director to the first film in The Vampire Academy series - Blood Sisters - comes news out of Berlin that The Weinstein Company has picked up all the US rights to the much-anticipated film series. The Vampire Academy books are a series of young adult bestsellers by Richelle Mead featuring a strong female heroine (think Katniss, not Bella) who's surrounded by a medley of interesting characters. The series features good vampires ('Moroi'), evil vampires ('Strigoi'), and half-vampires ('Dhampir').
The official synopsis: "In Blood Sisters Rose Hathaway develops a mental and spiritual bond with her BVFF (best vampire friend forever) Princess Lissa. The two girls attend a strict school for vampires designed to retain their humanity where it is Rose's task to protect the Princess. Among the everyday issues faced by teenage vampires Rose falls for Dimitri, their dreamy guardian, and together the three battle the mysterious forces of the evil Moroi who are set on destroying the Princess's bloodline."
Mark Waters' brother Dan (Heathers) adapted Mead's first book of the six book series. Zoey Deutch has been tapped to play Rose, Lucy Fry is Lissa, and Danila Kozlovskiy will be playing heartthrob Dimitri.
The Weinstein Company is aiming for a February 14, 2014 release date.
The Vampire Academy deal marks the first venture into the world of young adult-targeted film series. Commenting on the pickup, TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said, "I am thrilled to be working on the first feature for Vampire Academy. This series is fantastic and I am excited to bring it to the screen for diehard fans and introduce the stories to a whole new audience."
(Photo of Zoey Deutch © Richard Chavez)