Ian Somerhalder Returns to His Vampire Roots for New Netflix Series

Ian Somerhalder to Star in Netflix Vampire Drama Series 'V-Wars'

And that thing is vampire TV shows.

For Somerhalder, meanwhile, V-Wars arrives a year after he signed off of The CW's Vampire Diaries following its eight-season run. The book, by Jonathan Maberry was published in 2012 and tells the story of Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder), who learns all about the world of vampires after his best friend, Michael Fayne, is turned. "As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these vampires", the series' description reads.

The series is based on IDW Publishing's V-Wars franchise, written by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. Like V-Wars, Locke & Key is based on an IDW comic series (by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez) and is now being shopped around. Swann becomes stuck in the middle and is tasked with figuring out how to stop the virus. Unfortunately for him, Michael rises to power as an underground leader of the vampires, putting Swann in a hard spot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for V-Wars, a new vampire drama starring Somerhalder.

Brad Turner will direct the pilot episode, with William Laurin and Glenn Davis acting as showrunners.

There is now no expected release date for V-Wars, but it's highly likely that Netflix will release the entire first season at once, as the company does with most of its original programming. High Park's Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce alongside IDW Entertainment president David Ozer, IDW CEO Ted Adams and Marada Pictures' Games Gibb. Will you be watching V-Wars when it debuts?

Somerhalder is best known for his starring role as Damon Salvatore on the CW's long-running series The Vampire Diaries, which ended a year ago after eight seasons.

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