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by petzipellepingo (petzipellepingo)
at November 3rd, 2015 (04:57 pm)

Female-led Van Helsing series picked up by Syfy

by Danielle Zhu • @danizhuu

Dozens of actors have portrayed the vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, but next year will see a new reimagining of the Dracula character. Syfy has picked up Van Helsing, a sci-fi action series that will center around a female lead.

The show will focus on Vanessa Helsing, the next in line of a lineage of vampire hunters. After being resurrected five years in the future – when vampires have taken over the world – Vanessa must fight to save humanity.

“Van Helsing represents a new mythology in sci-fi by challenging traditional vampire rules,” said executive producer Chad Oakes in a statement. “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.”

Writer-director Neil LaBute will serve as showrunner, and the 13-episode season is set to premiere in fall 2016.