Netflix has been a heaven for followers of teenage vampire drama for years thanks to seasons of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Legacies, and now the platform is having an original series to join the ranks. A young adult vampire drama is on the way with none other than horror veteran Emma Roberts on board, and Netflix has already given a series order.
The new vampire drama will be called First Kill, with Scream Queens and American Horror Story alum Emma Roberts set to executive produce, according to Variety. Based on a short story of the same name penned by Victoria Schwab, the show will see teen vampire Juliette preparing to take her place within a powerful vampire family, which requires her to make her first kill.
Unfortunately for Juliette, her chosen victim turns out to be a vampire hunter by the name of Calliope, who comes from a family of vampire slayers. Calliope is a new girl in town, but Juliette will discover that she’s not going to be easy to kill, and Calliope won’t have an easy time trying to take down Juliette either. In true teen vampire drama form, the animosity could turn into something steamier, as they realize it’s “way too easy” to fall for each other.
First Kill received an order for eight episodes from Netflix. Victoria Schwab created the series and is on board as co-writer and executive producer, which presumably means that the series will have a similar tone and feel to the short story, even if an eight-episode season has to go beyond what happened in the story. Schwab’s story was published back in September as part of a collection called Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite.
The series order for the new vampire drama comes less than a year after Vampire Diaries alum Ian Somerhalder’s Netflix vampire show was cancelled after running for only one season. To contrast, Legacies (which will return for Season 3 in 2021) along with ended series The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have seemingly done well on the streamer. Maybe Somerhalder’s V-Wars didn’t have enough teen love triangles!
Vampire Diaries fans who rely on Netflix for their fix of the series panicked earlier this year when it seemed all eight seasons would no longer be available, and Vampire Diaries/Originals/Legacies creator Julie Plec has revealed that Legacies was actually bringing in new fans of the previous series. Netflix hasn’t announced when First Kill will begin production, let alone be ready to premiere, but Netflix does offer plenty of vampire action during the wait.
On top of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and the first two seasons of Legacies, you can find vampire options including Dracula, Van Helsing, V-Wars, and more. Netflix isn’t the only streaming service with some monster-filled options just in time for Halloween, either!
If you’re in the market for some options that don’t involve blood-drinking and/or hunting vampires, you can find plenty on our 2020 fall TV premiere schedule. Legacies likely won’t have an official release date until closer to 2021, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest!