The Vampire Diaries Boss Julie Plec returns to the world of fangs and fantasy Vampire Academya series about the students of a boarding nation where people learn to fight against the evil things that go bump in the night.
Before its release, Plec opened up about making mistakes The Vampire Diaries and spinoffs that the writers wanted to avoid repeating with this new show — while also admitting that they fell into a different trap again.
“[We did] a lot of night shooting in it,” he joked in an exclusive interview Digital spy. “You’d think we would have learned our lesson from the number of night shoots we had The Vampire Diaries despite the fact that the characters have daylight rings!”
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Speaking on a more serious note, Plec said, “You know what? I think if I could talk specifically about mythology and magic, I think we hit it off. The Vampire Diaries and The Prototypes every year as the authors who follow the mythology become denser and denser in our efforts to try to entertain and cover ourselves and watching the need for magic become greater and greater.
“You end up eating yourself by the end of the season, every year, and then the next season you go, ‘We’re not going to do that this year! We’re not going to let the magic get out of hand. We’re not going to have this much mythology. ,” and then, of course, 22 episodes a year, you’re just there over and over again.
“This show, we were very clear that magic exists in this world.
“These vampires in particular are imbued with different elemental magic, but we’re going to keep it very simple, very grounded in a very clean set of rules just because it’s a show about friendship and a society on the brink of change, and we didn’t want too much mythology, especially a great magical mythology, that casts a shadow over already very powerful and important stories.”
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Marguerite MacIntyre, who co-develops Vampire Academy with Plec, added: “It stays really true to the books that way. I mean, there’s no witches, there’s no such thing. Sometimes there’s a charm, or this or that, but there’s really elemental magic which we also found very beautiful.
“It connects you to the land. So it can be beautiful and drive a story, but you don’t have to get too carried away, which was great.”
Vampire Academy premieres on Peacock September 15th in the US and September 16th via NOW on September 16th in the UK.