The 1976 Colin Wilson novel, “The Space Vampires” is heading to the small screen. Ringleader Studios announced plans to re-adapt the novel after securing the rights. The studio also plans to use the title of Tobe Hooper’s 1985 cult classic for an ongoing series and other related media tie-ins including a video game and a graphic novel.
“The Space Vampires” is set in the late 21st century and follows an Earth spacecraft, the Hermes, that uncovers a massive derelict craft filled with bat creatures and three humanoids in suspended animation. When the Hermes’ crew brings the bodies back to Earth, they accidentally awaken an evil force intent on stealing the life-force energy of the entire planet.
The titular space aliens are energy vampires, as opposed to the familiar stereotypical blood-sucking Earth vampires that suck blood and change into bats. They consume the “life force” by seducing living beings with a deadly kiss and also have the ability to take control of the willing host bodies of their victims. Though initially the aliens’ “true” form appears to be a bat-like creature, the creatures are ultimately revealed to be insubstantial energy-beings from a higher dimension.
The novel was originally adapted into a film in 1985 that starred Steve Railsback and Mathilda May. Despite being a failure at the 1985 box office, the film has achieved a cult popularity today.
Steve Harris is attached to executive produce the new series. There is no word on when “Lifeforce” will premiere or which network is being looked at as a vehicle.