‘Ian Somerhalder is set to star in Netflix has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of V-Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry book, from IDW Entertainment and High Park Entertainment. Somerhalder is attached to star and also direct the drama, which was developed as straight-to-series in 2014 as the initial project under IDW Entertainment and then-eOne TV’s first-look co-production deal.
The book, published in 2012 by IDW Publishing, debuted as a collection of prose stories that chronicles the first Vampire War. In the series, Somerhalder will star as Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne, into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires.
Brad Turner will direct the pilot episode and executive produce. William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners. Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce for High Park, with David Ozer and Ted Adams for IDW Entertainment and James Gibb for Marada Pictures. V-Wars is produced by High Park in association with IDW.
Somerhalder is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein of Morris Yorn.
IDW Entertainment is the worldwide distributor for V-Wars, excluding Canada.’