NBC Developing Series Based On ‘The Last American Vampire’ Novel
NBC has handed a script order to an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel ‘The Last American Vampire’ it has been announced.
The show comes from ’12 Monkeys’ showrunner Terry Matalas, producer David Katzenberg (‘It’, ‘The Goldbergs’), and original author/screenwriter Grahame-Smith, whose other work includes ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’, and the upcoming ‘Beetlejuice 2’ movie. 20th Century Fox TV serve as the studio.
‘The Last American Vampire’ follows Henry Sturges a 500-year-old bloodsucker who has been held under lock and key for the last forty years and is believed to be the last of his kind. When a series of grizzly murders reveal a resurgence of vampires in the US, the FBI teams Sturges up with Abby, a young FBI analyst, to solve a conspiracy centuries in the making.
The original novel is actually a sequel to ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter’, where Sturges is the person who turns the assassinated President into a creature of the night in the first place. That first book was turned into a film in 2012 starring Dominick Cooper as Sturges and Benjamin Walker as Lincoln. It’s unclear if the tv show will detach itself from the novel backstory.
‘The Last American Vampire’ only has a script commitment at the moment from NBC, so it may not make it to a pilot or series, but we’ll let you know if and when we hear more.