Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre Talk Bringing Vampire Academy to Life
Vampire Academy, the enthusiastically expected adaptation of Richelle Mead’s dearest YA series, at long last arrives on Peacock this week and for fans of vampire-themed television, it’s a series coming from some natural faces. The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec as well as star Marguerite MacIntyre have collaborated to rejuvenate the series, conveying to an all around passionate fan base the latest adaptation at the darling book series. For Vampire Academy fans, the new series being in Plec and MacIntyre’s hands is an astonishing prospect and not just because of Plec’s impressive work with The Vampire Diaries universe, itself dearest by fans. It turns out that both Plec and MacIntyre are themselves fans of the books.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Plec and MacIntyre spoke about making Vampire Academy, and what they are most energized so that fans might see — and what they are most nervous about when the series’ story of friendship, sentiment all set in a world of honor, marvelousness, vampire society, and more debuts on Peacock on September 15h.
“I’m a major peruser of books, and I love novels, and I really love YA and I read it for pleasure and by decision and have always done so. And so, every time I read anything, of course, the storyteller in me is saying, ‘Ooh, consider the possibility that I could make this as a film. Consider the possibility that I could transform this into a Television program?’ And when I first read vampire academy, the whole series, I cherished it. And would’ve joyfully seized the opportunity to make show at that moment. Yet, no one truly tended to think about what I loved or could have done without, and no one was thumping on my entryway asking what sort of television I was prepared to bring out into the world. So, I just needed to hold on until somebody trusted that about me and asked me the question,” Plec said. “In the event that there’s one thing that you could make that you’ve not gotten an opportunity to make yet, what’s going on here? Because Vampire Academy was the answer. And so Universal, Peacock offered me that chance. And I didn’t mull over the reality. I had an inclination like there will be some skeptic out there. That is just similar to, “She can do nothing however compose vampires.” Yet fine, disdain away. Because at last everything I’m saying to as far as I could tell is a story about friendship and about and about adoration and about local area and about society and attempting to present a perspective of society that is significant and extremely, opportune and present. Say an unexpected surprise about the world that we live in or the world that we need to live in.”
For MacIntyre, she said she had at first perused the books at the same time previously, yet when she returned and revisited the series, it felt significantly more ideal than any other time in recent memory to her now.
“Indeed, it’s interesting because we had perused them at the same time, because we were on a vacation together a million years prior before Vampire Diaries. And so, I hadn’t understood I’d peruse the whole book series. I thought I’d peruse one of them. And when Julie said, ‘I have this now,'” MacIntyre said. “I was like, I’ll concede, I was like, ‘Ooh, more vampires?’ And she was like, ‘Recollect regal court, there’s some political backstabbing, there’s some stuff.’ And I was like, ‘Goodness, stand by a moment, stand by a moment. Right. I neglected.’ And then I returned and read them, and the world is so lush and rich and there’s so much going on. And then of course it’s a class, that is a class system that is fraying at the edges that can’t be sustained. It’s inconsistent, it’s uncalled for. And it’s destroying the system. And I was like, ‘Indeed, that couldn’t be all the more convenient.’ And so, I felt like to have the option to recount to that story in this type method for getting it in unnoticed, not have it be on the nose, sort of dull power storytelling. And just to sort of ask some questions in this manner with vampires and castles and battling and sentiment and all that, felt like a truly extraordinary open door.”
In any case, while the series is one both Plec and MacIntyre have been eager to take one, Plec expressed that there’s one thing she’s both nervous about and amped up for: the series’ interpretation of Dimitri Belikov, played by Kieron Moore.
“I’m the most nervous. I realize you didn’t ask, yet I will lead with that for them to meet Dmitri because he is a long ways from the man described in the books,” Plec said. “Yet, I’m also the most energized for them to meet Dmitri because he is all that I personally would’ve wished Dmitri would be in that he’s sensitive and he’s, he’s soulful and he’s wild and he got so much love to give yet doesn’t know how to give it. And he’s sexy and, I mean, he is great overall. So, I’m amped up for that.”
McIntyre said that she was also exceptionally amped up for the cast, yet additionally the details of the world they worked with the series, including a language worked by Dave Livingston who previously made Dothraki for Round of Thrones.
“I’m really energized ’cause it’s a wonderful endlessly cast from around the world and some extremely lovely performances and extraordinary chemistry between everyone. Be that as it may, I’m invigorated so that individuals might be able to see this whole world form. As we’ve said, you haven’t seen this previously,” MacIntyre said. “There’s old and current. You have individuals in scenes where you’re like, ‘Is this the fifteenth hundred years? And then later you’re like, there’s a PC and what’s the thing. And building, similar to you said, we’re building, we have our own language by the person who made Dothraki, Dave Livingston. And we have our own cash, and we have all the world, each small detail has been fabricated and it’s exceptional. It’s an exceptionally special thing. And in the books, the castle, the regal stuff is on one side of the country, the schools on the other. Here, everything is all together. And so, you have this story that is warming up and warming up and warming up all close to one another. And it’s energizing. I’m exceptionally interested to hear what individuals will say.”
From chief producers Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre comes a story of friendship, sentiment, and risk. In a world of honor and fabulousness, two young ladies’ friendship transcends their strikingly various classes as they plan to finish their education and enter vampire society. One as a powerful Regal, the other a half-vampire Gatekeeper prepared to safeguard against the savage “Strigoi” who take steps to destroy their society. That is, on the off chance that Regal infighting doesn’t finish the work first.
Vampire Academy will make a big appearance on September fifteenth on Peacock.