Arguably one of the worst films of the aughts, 2004's Van Helsing was widely and rightly regarded as the disaster it was, but that's not about to stop SyFy from retrofitting it for a new series. The catch, of course, is that Van Helsing will be a female this time around and the show will be overseen by writer and showrunner Neil LaBute. You read that right... Neil LaBute, noted misogynist and twice failed television producer, is going to be steering this "female driven" series.
According to Nerdist (link below), the series has already gotten a thirteen episode order because, as well all know, SyFy's new motto is "Fuck it, who cares at this point?"
Unlike the 2004 Van Helsing movie, starring Hugh Jackman (pictured above), the new TV iteration will focus on Vanessa Helsing—daughter of the famous Abraham Van Helsing—as she finds herself resurrected five years in the future, only to discover that vampires have taken over the world and she is humanity’s only hope of winning it back.
The new take on Van Helsing was conceived by noted playwright, director, and screenwriter Neil LaBute, who will serve as the showrunner. Nomadic Pictures is set to produce Van Helsing‘s 13-episode order from Syfy.
“Van Helsing represents a new mythology in sci-fi by challenging traditional vampire rules,” explained Nomadic Pictures Co-Chairman Chad Oakes. “The series is unique in exploring a world completely dominated by vampires, while the human characters have to learn the importance of working together to ensure their survival.”
Haven't "traditional vampire rules" been challenged enough? I think traditional vampire rules might be a refreshing twist at this point. Either way, I have a hard time believing this will be anything but a steaming pile of dog shit. On the outside chance that it isn't, though, I'll happily eat crow.