Sheridan Le Fanu’s 19th Century novella has been the source for a number of films, including Hammer’s 1970 production of The Vampire Lovers. More recently, it inspired the webseries Carmilla, which is now shooting a feature film version. The series is set at a fictional university and presented as a video journal created by Elise Bauman’s Laura Hollis. Her roommate mysteriously disappears and is replaced by Carmilla Karnstein (Natasha Negovanlis). As Laura investigates the disappearance of what turns out to be a number of students, she learns that Carmilla is actually a vampire, and as things unfold a romantic relationship develops between them. While the webseries has no editing—it’s all presented as a webcam journal—the movie will be more of a Scooby-Doo type adventure that gets out there in the world.
A novel based on the webseries has been announced for publication in the spring of 2019. Shatesbury (the company behind Carmilla) Chairman & CEO Christina Jennings comments, “We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with Kids Can Press to expand the world of Carmilla and to offer fans of the series and the feature film another opportunity to engage with characters who mean so much to them. Over the past three years, we have seen the audience of Carmilla grow at an exponential rate and become an international phenomenon — and this phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down. We are very excited to branch out and build up this brand.”
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