Good news for everyone who enjoyed the early millennial gothic romp Van Helsing: we're getting a remake with a twist... Vanessa Helsing is taking the lead.
Given the fantasy/horror genre's great roles for ass-kicking, take-no-prisoners fighting females, I'm pretty excited about this idea. I have to say that the 2004 Van Helsing movie is one of my real comfort films, so I'm delighted that it's getting another shot; let's hope it captures and builds on that spirit.
THR reports that the show will produce a first season comprising 13 episodes, shooting in Vancouver, Canada for a proposed TV release in Fall 2016. The new Vanessa Helsing world sounds like a gothic version of Daybreakers -- not a bad thing in my eyes -- as THR explains:
In this new interpretation, the central character is now a female, Vanessa Helsing, the next in a lineage of warriors who must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires. When Vanessa is resurrected five years in the future, she learns vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. She is essentially humanity’s last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.
Now, I know what you're thinking: Who could be play Vanessa Helsing? Or, at least, who could be a part of the inevitable band of vampire-crushers in the new series? Check out some cool contenders -- and, yes, Kate Beckinsale would obviously be great!
Sword-wielding credentials: Doomsday
Mitra is poised and confident, and her Lara Croft days have earned her an existing fanbase in the action/fantasy community.
Sword-wielding credentials: Centurion
Less well known, but fierce like a spitting she-She-dragon, Carolyn would be a welcome addition to the show.
Sword-wielding credentials: Bitch Slap
Wily, flexible, and almost incomprehensibly beautiful, Julia Voth was mesmerizing in Bitch Slap and it'd be cool to see her in a more fantasy setting.
Sword-wielding credentials: Game of Thrones
If Vanessa Helsing needs some young blood, tiny-yet-mighty Maisie Williams could provide some welcome attitude.