COVID-19 apparently is the “new garlic” for vampires as far as ABC is concerned.
The network has decided not to move forward with The Brides–a horror series that follows the supernatural exploits of the Brides of Dracula in a contemporary setting–at least in part due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Deadline.
But horror fans need not get their bloody fangs in an uproar just yet. Plans already are afoot to shop the show to other networks.
Warner Bros. Television, producer of the vampire series, describes The Brides as a “sexy family drama, as well as a contemporary reimagining of Dracula.”
The show will follow three powerful, immortal women–transformed into their vampiric forms by Dracula himself–as they struggle to maintain “their wealth, prestige and legacy, as well as their nontraditional family.”
The brides are portrayed by Gina Torres (as Cleo Phillips, the leader of the brides, who was a queen in her former life), Erin Richards (as Renee Pelagie, the head of a Manhattan modeling agency who was married to the infamous Marquis de Sade in her past life) and Katherine Reis (as Lily Stevens, the youngest of the brides).
While the show will focus on the female trio of vampires, Dracula will play a key role in the storyline. And, speaking of the Lord of the Vampires, Dracula in this series will be played by ER and Timeless alumnus Goran Visnjic. The cast is rounded out by Chris Mason and Sophia Tatum.
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa–chief creative officer of Archie Comics and creator of Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina–will do double duty as writer and executive producer of the series. The pilot for the series will be directed by Maggie Kiley.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the fate and eventual landing spot for The Brides.