Rachel Caine’s legions of fans were recently delighted to hear that a Kickstarter campaign to make a web series about the Morganville Vampires was in the works, headed up by filmmaker, and local boy (for me at least) Blake Calhoun!
I’m sure the collective squees were deafening, and why shouldn’t they be? Morganville sucked me in from the very beginning—despite my being generally hard on YA—and 14 books in is still going strong (the 15th, Daylighters, is due in November).
The novels are narrated by 16 year old Claire Danvers, who is accepted at Texas Prairie University in Morganville (yes, she’s super smart), and of course, Morganville is run by vamps. Her uber braininess comes to the attention of Amelie, Morganville’s founder, and she decides Claire would be a great assistant to alchemist Myrnin, a vamp who is as crazy as he is brilliant. Claire’s roomies at the Glass House are Michael Glass, Shane Collins, and goth girl Eve Rosser. The combo makes for sparks in more ways than one, and the relationships between the roommates is one of the highlights of the series in my opinion, so I’m hoping for some astute casting here, because chemistry is a must!
Speaking of casting, I think it’s going to be especially important here since the episodes are very short, at 10 min each, and they’ll have to be dynamic, with actors that can pack a punch during a very short time. Amelie is already covered, with Amber Benson of Buffy fame taking on the icy founder of Morganville, but what about Claire? Who would you like to see as Claire? It’s already been confirmed that Rachel will be writing the scripts for the first season and that it will be covering the first two books in the series (Glass Houses and The Dead Girls’ Dance.) But even though he doesn't show up until Book 3, Midnight Alley, we will also get to meet Myrnin. I admit to a bit of a crush on Myrnin, and even though he’s absolutely off the rails, he’s also oddly sympathetic, and one of my favorite characters. I’m thinking someone like Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey might fit the bill. What do you think?
So, in the first season of the web series, we should get to see Claire getting to know her roommates and adjusting to college life, which is hard enough, but add in a town run by vamps, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, and plenty of awesome. Speaking of awesome, we’ll meet hyper-mean girl Monica (can’t wait to see who plays her), and see Claire fall for troublemaking but good-hearted Shane. Since the first two books really set up the world of Morganville and its inhabitants, there’s more than enough material to cover, and when they move on to book two, and Shane’s vampire hunter father rolls into town, watch out! I believe Monica also gets a bit of her own nasty medicine in The Dead Girls’ Dance, which is most definitely worth looking forward to. Can you say powder keg with fangs?
What would you like to see covered in the first season, and who would be your dream cast for the show?