The scantily clad vampiric alien known as Vampirella could be getting a second chance at live-action!
Dynamite Entertainment has sold the film, television and streaming rights to one of its most beloved properties, Vampirella.
Mike the Pike Productions subsidiary Arowana Media Holdings secured the rights from Dynamite in a deal that includes all Vampirella stories, characters and derivative works.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring this amazing character to screen in a big way,” MIKP CEO and producer Mark B. Newbauer said in a statement. “Nick Barucci, founder and CEO of the prolific Dynamite Comics, is an incredible visionary with an eye for story, and a talent for integration into the zeitgeist. He and everyone at Dynamite have resurrected this character in a significant way over the past decade and this latest run with Priest feels like it’s just the beginning of her next 50 years and beyond. We are truly grateful for the faith and support of Dynamite, Nick, and their reps, including producer/manager Ford Gilmore of Illuminati Entertainment.”
Created by Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins, Vampirella debuted in 1969’s Vampirella #1 from Warren Publishing. Since then, the character’s rights have gone to Harris Publications and finally to Dynamite in 2010. In Dynamite continuity, Vampirella works with Dracula to thwart a revolution led by his former disciples, though the title has been relaunched several times since then with various degrees of success.
A previous Vampirella film adaptation was released in 1996, with Talisa Soto playing the vampire hero. But that film’s low budget failed to deliver on the sexiness and the horror and floated around the bargain bins of video stores.
There are a couple dozen girls who can totally look the part of Vampirella but can they play the part? The success of Vampirella has always been its balance between its alluring protagonist and the horror elements. If a studio and a script can nail that, Vampirella could become a big franchise film series. We will have to wait and see.