Syfy Establishing a Vampyre Nation
Daybreakers and Stake Land have given audiences different views of what a futuristic world overrun by vampires would be like. Now Syfy is gearing up to give us their take on a Vampyre Nation, one that features vampires outnumbering humans, synthetic blood, and a virus that causes vamps to devolve into man-bats. Wait - doesn't that sound just like Daybreakers?
Amid the slate of disaster flicks bound for Syfy, UFO International Pictures recently unveiled for 2011 Vampyre Nation. Here's the mammoth plot synopsis UFO has posted regarding the film's plot:
Bucharest, Romania. The not-too-distant future, but an entirely different city. The human population is dwindling. The vampire population, meanwhile, is exploding. Having emerged from the shadows a decade earlier, vampires now walk openly amongst the human population, as a precarious peace exists between the two. A peace made possible by the introduction of a synthetic blood substitute, dispensed by the Romanian government, making traditional vampire feeding, and preying on humans, no longer necessary. But even so, it's not a peace that everyone is entirely comfortable with...
Detective Derricks, an American working for the local police, is investigating a gruesome murder scene. Three vampires and one human, a black market human blood dealer, were viciously attacked ... seemingly mauled by some kind of wild animal. But these deaths are just the latest in a string of such killings so Derricks pays a visit to the head of the Vampire Crimes Division, Constantin Kovacs, to make a radical request – to free Johnny Harker and his Vampirdzhiya, or 'Vampire Hunters', from prison so that they can track down whoever, or whatever, is killing both humans and vampires alike and threatening the delicate truce between the two in the process.
With Harker and his team backing him up, as well as a fresh-faced recruit from the Vampire Crimes Division, Derricks ventures into the dark underbelly of Bucharest, deep into Vampire territory to try to unearth the truth. Descending into an ancient coven, Derricks meets Anghel, a centuries-old vampire who believes a virus has been spreading throughout the vampire population, leading to a mutation, or devolution of the vampire gene, creating a subspecies of mindless, man-sized vampire bats.
Anghel believes his son, Aleksandr, has fallen into their ranks so he assigns his remaining son, Nikolai, and his elite team of Vinatorii Umane, or 'Human Hunters', vampires assembled for the sole purpose of hunting down Harker's squad, to work alongside Derricks and the very humans they were trained to kill. Only together do they stand a chance of surviving and getting to the bottom of the mystery.
A journey below the city, and into the sewers, searching for both Aleksandr and the bats' lair, leads to the discovery that there are many hundreds of these giant vampire bats beneath the city, coming out at night to prey on the denizens of Bucharest. Derricks and his dozen soldiers must not only eliminate the vampire bat threat but uncover the secret of their origin – a conspiracy that threatens to rock the nation to its core and destabilize the peace between human and vampire forever.
Along the way, friendships will become strained, allegiances will be divided, and a forbidden romance will ultimately put forth the question of what it truly means to be human. Combining the thrills of BLADE with the human drama of TRUE BLOOD and TWILIGHT, “VAMPYRE NATION” is a frightening tale of science fiction and horror that will question the way you think.
While it would be easy to dismiss certain aspects of this plot as being somewhat derivative of Daybreakers, any movie with giant vampire bats is automatically okay in my book. Besides, didn't we all come out of Daybreakers wishing there had been more action involving the vamp-bad-CHUD monsters?
Vampyre Nation was written by Raphael Jordan, a name that frequently pops up in the credits of Syfy movies-of-the-week. Todor Chapkanov is listed as the director; he's built a career in Syfy movies, having graduated from assistant director on a myriad of Syfy flicks to a full-fledged Syfy director in his own right. No casting has been announced as of yet.
Between the production company behind S.S. Doomtrooper, Python, and Reign of the Gargoyles, the writer of Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon, Copperhead, and Frost Giant, and the director of Copperhead, Hammer of the Gods, Monster Wolf, the only way Vampyre Nation could be any more Syfy-riffic is if they end up casting Dean Cain, Kevin Sorbo, Eric Roberts, and Michael Shanks.
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