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'Stake Land' to be adapted as TV series

Nick Damici (and vampire) in 'Stakeland'
Nick Damici (and vampire) in 'Stakeland'
Still image from 'Stakeland (2010)

The 2010 post-apocalyptic vampire horror film 'Stake Land' is currently being developed as a television series.

The pilot will be written by the same screenwriters of the original film; Nick Damici (who starred in the original film) and Jim Mickle (who directed).

Greg Newman, who produced 'Stake Land' will also be involved in the project.

In an interview with The Wrap, Damici explained that the show would take place seven years after the timeline in the film, and would involved several new species of vampires: “They all mutated, there’s tons of different vamps. I said to Greg, the only thing I’ll I’ve got to have enough of a budget to have flying vamps. It spread to animals, so we’ve got vamp dogs and a vamp bear.”

I thought 'Stake Land' was a really well done indie horror flick. It had elements of Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road', proving just as much a coming of age story as horror film.

Here's hoping that imaginative spin will keep the series fresh. If done correctly, it could surpass 'The Walking Dead' as a preeminent nomadic horror series. But if not, it could be seen as an inferior knockoff.

Currently there isn't a network attached to the project.

Damici and Mickel will be also attending 2014 SXSW film festival in Austin, TX where they'll premier their new horror film 'Late Phases', concerning a werewolf attacking a nursing home.

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