Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is a best-selling YA series following the story of a 17-year old dhampir, Rose Hathaway, who is in training to become a Guardian to protect the Moroi.
Recap of how it all started: Preger Entertainment had optioned the series to be made into a movie back in June of 2010. A month later, Don Murphy of Angry Films (Transformers, Real Steel) had joined the project. It seemed like nothing was happening with the movie until 2 years later, December 17th to be exact, when Don Murphy announced on the wall of the Facebook page (Official Vampire Academy Movie) that Daniel Waters (Batman Returns, Heathers), would be penning the script. Not too long later was it announced, again by Murphy, that Mark Waters (Mean Girls, The Spiderwick Chronicles), would take the helm of director for the film. It was also announced that the Weinstein Company (Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook), would be the US distributor for the film. Movie news continued to explode as the leads were cast – Zoey Deutch (Ringer), Lucy Fry (Lightning Point), and Danila Kozlovsky (Legend 17) – (pictured above). Casting done by Marci Liroff, we soon found ourselves with the rest of the characters from Vampire Academy. (Pictured below) Olga Kurylenko as Headmistress Kirova, Cameron Monaghan as Mason, Sami Gayle as Mia, Sarah Hyland as Natalie Dashkov, Gabriel Byrne as Victor Dashkov, Claire Foy as Sonya Karp, Dominic Sherwood as Christian Ozera, Joely Richardson as Queen Tatiana and Ashley Charles as Jesse Zeklos.
Filming: Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (title change explained further down) was greenlit April 1st of 2013. Filming began in the last week of May and completed on July 20th. Filming took place in various places such as Pinewood Studios, a university, public library, etc in the UK. Principal photography will be shot in Montana, (as the school is in Montana in the books).
Trailers & Stills: No production stills have been released yet but a teaser trailer has been announced to premiere next week by Rose Hathaway herself. My excitement has sky-rocketed!
Release date: US and most countries release date for the movie is February 14, 2014.
Changes: Now about the title change – Vampire Academy itself didn’t test well, and so by suggestion of Richelle Mead (author), they added Blood Sisters to it. In doing so, they can make Vampire Academy the franchise name for each movie – Vampire Academy: Frostbite, Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss, etc. As for other things changed, they’re all minor. Ralf Sarcozy’s name has been changed to Ray, Camille Conta to Camilla, and Eddie Castile has been cut from the first movie. It’s utterly depressing to see Eddie cut but the fact he had only 1 line in the first book makes it all okay. Plus, we want a super hot and fantastic actor for him, right? 😉
Excitement level: Can’t even count that high! Pretty sure I’ll faint or freak out when I see the teaser trailer.