Vampire Novel ‘Fledgling’ Gets TV Adaptation At HBO

A vampire story with a decidedly different twist is coming to HBO.

Fledgling–a 2005 novel from Octavia Butler–has been green-lit for a pilot script by Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd (Lovecraft Country), as reported by Deadline.

Butler–who passed away in 2006–was a multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and became the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (unofficially known as the Genius Grant).

Fledgling–described as an sf/vampire novel–follows an apparently amnesiac young girl “whose alarmingly inhuman needs and abilities lead her to the startling conclusion that she is a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire,” according to the synopsis.

The girl is “forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life and, at the same time, learn who wanted–and still wants–to destroy her and those she cares for…and how she can save herself.”

Warner Bros. Television is the studio behind the project, and J.J. Abrams and Issa Rae are among the executive producers.

No details on casting or production have yet been revealed, so keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on HBO’s Fledgling.


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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