Christoper Pike‘s 1994 Young Adult series titled “The Last Vampire” has been snagged up by Preger Entertainment for a forthcoming film! Preger Entertainment are also producing the forthcoming YA book to film adaptation, Vampire Academy, scheduled for release on February 14, 2014.
“The Last Vampire” series has six books originally published between 1994 and 1996. The series was republished in 2009 under the title “Thirst” with three additional titles being released between 2010 and 2013. The book series had originally been optioned for film by Aaron Ryder of FilmNation Entertainment in 2010, who had said,
“We could not pass up the opportunity to bring to life one of the best characters of young adult fiction. We see this as the original teen vampire series that started the craze today.”
However the film did not materialise and in early 2013, it was reported on the author’s official Facebook page that the rights had been retrieved from FilmNation.
But, good things happen to those who wait, and earlier today, it was announced by Variety that the film rights had been scooped up by Preger Entertainment. Producer Michael Preger commented on the main character, stating,
“She is at once captivating and beguiling, due in part to her personification as a beautiful, intelligent, innocent appearing, contemporary girl — who is in reality a 5000-year-old predator.”
“The Last Vampire” chronicles the life of Sita as a character prone not only to great spiritual beliefs and human-like compassion, but also brutal acts of retribution.
Author Christopher Pike also broke the news on his Facebook page and sounded confident in the deal, stating,
“PIKE here: The below announcement is the one I’ve been waiting to share with you for the last few weeks. It just appeared in Variety a few minutes ago. As the article mentions, Michael Preger just completed shooting Vampire Academy in London. While that shoot was going on, he called me and we spoke for six hours. He’d read several of the Thirst books — he prefers, as I do, to call them “The Last Vampire” books, and “The Last Vampire” is the title we plan to use for the movie — and seemed to “Get It.” The main thing for me is that he wants to keep the story and the character of Sita intact, and he believes he can make the movie quickly. To that end we’ll be setting up a special website that will focus on the movie and it’s development. Since completing the deal with Michael, we’ve talked at length about the film and I’m even more confident than ever that he’ll do the books justice. Naturally, we’ll be starting with the first book but hopefully it will do well enough that we can tell Sita’s entire story. Jillian Preger DeFrehn will be in charge of the movie website and she’ll be keeping all of us constantly updated on the progress of the film. Once the site is in place, we’ll open a dialogue where you can offer suggestions on who you feel should be in the film, the type of music we should have, and so on. I’m very excited about all this and I know many of you will be happy to finally see Sita on the big screen. Best, PIKE/KEVIN”
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