Syfy’s sibling network Chiller is going to take another adaptation of Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires, which will be called Lifeforce (as was the 1985 adaptation starring Steve Railsback and Mathilda May) to TV screens in the form of a TV movie.
Steve B. Harris (Friday the 13th, Amityville: The Awakening) will produce for Diversion3 (www.diversion3.com) along with Mark Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) Mark Gottwald (DOA: Dead or Alive) and David E. Williams (Femme Fatales) from a story by Harris, Altman and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Castle).
We mentioned the project in 2013, where it was planned as a TV/multimedia series, although right now it is listed as just a TV movie, but this could be a backdoor pilot for a future series.
Colin Wilson’s novel The Space Vampires, which was adapted into the 1985 movie Lifeforce starring Steve Railsback and Mathilda May (along with a pre-Picard Patrick Stewart), may get another adaptation – but this time, for the small screen. Ringleader Studios has acquired the rights to produce an episodic series based on the book, to also be titled Lifeforce, as well as plans for a whole multi-media release.
The novel is set in the late 21st century, when a crew from Earth discovers a huge derelict spacecraft in the asteroid belt. Among many dessicated bat-like corpses they find three humanoids in suspended animation, which they bring back to Earth. The aliens turn out to be vampires, of a sort – they drain the life force energy from the humans, and Commander Carlsen, responsible for bringing them to Earth, attempts to stop them.
The movie adaptation is similar, but set in the present day with a hypothetical nuclear-powered shuttle doing a fly-by of Halley’s Comet, where they find the spacecraft. It also adds a more frightening zombie-like contagion to the story. It was a box office disappointment, but has a cult following. The British production received a heavy edit for release in the U.S. including some American voice dubbing, but recent DVD/Blu-ray releases are of the original 116-minute U.K. release (or both).