The streaming giant has given a 10-episode order to V-Wars, a new bloodsucking drama based on the series of books of the same name edited by Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin, Dead of Night) and published by IDW.
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Somerhalder will portray Dr. Luther Swann in the series who enters into a world of horror when his best friend, Michael Fayne, transforms into a vampire after contracting a mysterious disease. Soon, more and more people are transformed, creating a divide in society: humans versus vampires. As Michael rises to become a leader among the creatures, Dr. Swann fights to understand the disease that claimed his friend. 1-800-Missing creators William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners, while Brad Turner (Stargate, Stargate Atlantis) will direct and executive produce the Netflix adaptation. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures' Games Gibb.
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The streaming giant has given the drama series a 10-episode first season order. He and his Rare Birds Productions are now under a pod deal at Warner Bros.
Somerhalder ended his 8 season run as resident brooding bad boy-turned good vampire Damon Salvatore on The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries past year when the series wrapped. He is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn.
The series was originally announced in 2014 as a straight-to-series deal with Entertainment One. eOne and producers Circle of Confusion are no longer involved.
There is now no expected release date for V-Wars, but it's highly likely that Netflix will release the entire first season at once, as the company does with most of its original programming.