Of course this is happening. It seems like the most logical step in this new world where vampires are sexy and not scary. We had Twilight, which is the flagship vampire romance. Then we had Vampire Diaries, which is a popular TV show about vampire romance. Oh, and True Blood, which is a little darker.
And now we have a vampire romance that looks like a mix of all of those properties rolled into one. However, the one wild card here is Mean Girls director Mark Waters. Sure, he hasn’t done much since outside of a couple rom-coms and Mr. Popper’s Penguins and he doesn’t have a Tina Fey screenplay to work off of, but he still has some high school movie experience.
Or not. What made Mean Girls a good little movie is Fey’s screenplay. And I have no clue about the quality of the source material here. But based on the recent history of the vast majority of Young Adult movie adaptations I can safely say that Vampire Academy is likely to be a piece of crap.
It does have a couple of talented people in it though: Olga Kurylenko and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland. Talent alone doesn’t necessarily make a movie good, but it can sure make it seem interesting. I’m sure no one gave a crap that Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson were in the black hole that was Beautiful Creatures. But we can at least hope that this is near the end of the vampire craze and that we get back to good vampire movies like Byzantium.