TV Adaptation of '80s Vampire Movie 'Lifeforce' in Development




Well, I certainly didn't see this one coming. In the wake of all the recent announcements of films being turned into TV shows ('American Psycho,' 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,' 'Ghost,' etc.), one movie I never would have pegged for an adaptation is the quite strange 1985 space vampire film 'Lifeforce.' Yet, according to a Deadline report, it's indeed on the way to a TV near you.

Based on the 1976 novel 'The Space Vampires' by author Colin Wilson, 'Lifeforce' concerns a trio of extraterrestrial vampires that are discovered inside the corona of Halley's Comet by a joint team of U.S. and U.K. space explorers. Upon return to Earth, the three creatures escape captivity and go about draining the very life essence from any available human victims.

The group is led by an almost constantly naked female ringleader (played by the absolutely stunning Mathilda May), an aspect I'm positive will be changed for the TV version. Battling the soul stealing squad are American Col. Tom Carlsen (genre mainstay Steve Railsback) and British Col. Colin Caine (Peter Firth). I won't spoil the ending for those unfamiliar with the film, but let's just say that things get even weirder than what I've already described. Ever wanted to see Steve Railsback make out with Sir Patrick Stewart? That event takes place during the course of 'Lifeforce.'

Anyway, Beverly Hills-based company Ringleader Studios has acquired the rights to both the original 'Space Vampires' book and the 'Lifeforce' title, and also has plans to create graphic novel and video game tie-ins to serve as supplements to the forthcoming TV series. No network is attached as of yet.

Does the prospect of a 'Lifeforce' TV show interest you?

- Steve Railsback
- Peter Firth

Written by: msd85
Nov 21st, 2013, 6:10 am

Images courtesy of Shout Factory


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Message Posted On Nov 25th, 2013, 3:57 pm

What can you say, but Vampires are sexy, & one of the reasons people remember Mathilda May's name, just dont ask for a hicky/lovebite, you'll regret it in the morning!


Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2013, 8:51 am
Read the book, very different

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Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2013, 8:17 am

This one always stuck with me, always remembered. I guess that besides Vampires, they're trying to tap into 80's nostalgia.


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Message Posted On Nov 21st, 2013, 7:00 am

c'mon really???

What happend with creativity?

Looks like that remakes and shows about vampires there are the only two things that everybody can come up with nowadays.

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