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Syfy is bringing a female Van Helsing to series

11.02.2015

The last time someone thought it was a good idea to attempt building a franchise around the vampire hunter Van Helsing, things turned out very, very poorly. But that's not going to stop Syfy from going back to the well in the hopes of finding a hit. This time, they'll be turning their lead female though and relying on writer Neil LaBute to guide this project as showrunner at a time when the cable network is in a transitional phase back toward the genre fare that put it on the map.

Vanessa Helsing (They're still keeping the Van obviously) will be at the center of this version, fighting against a world controlled by vampires. When she is resurrected five years in the future, she learns vampires have taken over and she, as usual, is mankind's last hope for survival.

The first season will head before cameras in January for a 13-episode run set to premiere sometime in Fall 2016. Let's hope, for everyone's sake, it turns out better than Hugh Jackson's stab at the character. I'm not sure it can be any worse.

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8:10AM on 11/03/2015
Does that mean the movie with Tom Cruise involved is officially dead? Seem to remember there being discussion about that a while back. I generally assume the worst about anything SyFy are producing - most of their content is pretty appalling.
Does that mean the movie with Tom Cruise involved is officially dead? Seem to remember there being discussion about that a while back. I generally assume the worst about anything SyFy are producing - most of their content is pretty appalling.
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11:12PM on 11/02/2015
The name 'Van Helsing' has always been closely related to vampire hunters or Dracula, but what about the Harkers? Quincey Morris? I want to know about their story after Dracula was destroyed, and what legacy that they leave for their descendants. Seriously, 'Vanessa Helsing' sounds like a terrible YA novel series that already have five books out in just a year and written by cheap ghost writers with dumb pseudonyms.
The name 'Van Helsing' has always been closely related to vampire hunters or Dracula, but what about the Harkers? Quincey Morris? I want to know about their story after Dracula was destroyed, and what legacy that they leave for their descendants. Seriously, 'Vanessa Helsing' sounds like a terrible YA novel series that already have five books out in just a year and written by cheap ghost writers with dumb pseudonyms.
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9:34PM on 11/02/2015
Why does it have to be Van Helsing??? Just make up a new series about a female vampire/supernatural slayer. There is no reason why they would have to associate this with Van Helsing and swap the gender.
Why does it have to be Van Helsing??? Just make up a new series about a female vampire/supernatural slayer. There is no reason why they would have to associate this with Van Helsing and swap the gender.
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11:20PM on 11/02/2015
A new series about a female vampire slayer? Yeah like we don't have enough of those around. Buffy? Anita Blake? They're just using the 'Van Helsing' name because they know that there's not much novelty around the idea anymore. "A female Van Helsing? Hey that's kind of new!"
A new series about a female vampire slayer? Yeah like we don't have enough of those around. Buffy? Anita Blake? They're just using the 'Van Helsing' name because they know that there's not much novelty around the idea anymore. "A female Van Helsing? Hey that's kind of new!"
3:02PM on 11/03/2015
yeah, I think it would have been more clever if the woman would have been the real slayer and the guy playing Van Helsing was the the figure head for her business, or whatever you want to call it.
yeah, I think it would have been more clever if the woman would have been the real slayer and the guy playing Van Helsing was the the figure head for her business, or whatever you want to call it.
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5:00PM on 11/02/2015
I want to see a movie or series based on Bram Stoker's Van Helsing, not that horrible movie.
I want to see a movie or series based on Bram Stoker's Van Helsing, not that horrible movie.
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4:43PM on 11/02/2015
Buffy?
Buffy?
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5:08PM on 11/02/2015
That's the first thing that came to my mine...seven years running.
That's the first thing that came to my mine...seven years running.
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