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Horror Veteran Emma Roberts To Produce ‘First Kill’ Series

An actress best known for her juicy roles in American Horror Story and Scream 4 now has a “stake” in a new vampire series coming to Netflix.

Emma Roberts will produce the YA horror drama First Kill through her Belletrist Productions, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Roberts’ company reportedly won the rights by outbidding several other interested suitors.

First Kill–scheduled to run for eight hour-long episodes on Netflix–is based on a short story by best-selling author Victoria Schwab that first appeared last month in Vampires Never Get OldTales with Fresh Bite from Imprint/Macmillan.

Schwab will handle the scripts and act as executive producer of the limited series, while Felicia D. Henderson (EmpireThe Punisher) serves as showrunner.

First Kill, according to the official synopsis, follows Juliette, a teenage vampire who is searching for her first kill (and thereby hangs the title). Unfortunately for Juliette, her first choice for a victim is a new girl in town, Calliope, who just happens to be a vampire hunter from a long line of undead slayers. They soon learn that neither makes for an easy target.

First Kill is the second literary adaptation to the small screen for Roberts and Belletrist–the company also is developing the 2018 novel Tell Me Lies for Hulu, where Belletrist has a first-look deal.

Roberts boasts an impressive horror background in both films and television. She appeared as Jill Roberts in Scream 4 (2011) and has played several roles in the popular horror anthology American Horror Story on FX from 2013 to the present. She also played the lead role of Chanel Oberlin in Scream Queens on Fox (2015-2016).

No debut date for the series has yet been announced, so keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on First Kill on Netflix.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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