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Vampire Academy should have been a great film. It's based on an addictively wonderful book by Richelle Mead. It was written and directed by the Waters brothers, who separately directed Mean Girls and wrote Heathers. So why is it such a terrible, inept piece of film-making? And what can we learn from it?
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If the rest of Vampire Academy features this much insanity — including accusations of babies with STDs — I'm in.
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The biggest draw for the latest vampire movie isn't the hot young things starring it it, it's the two middle-aged Waters Brothers. The director from Mean Girls and writer of Heathers combined their powers to steal the thunder from the baby vamps on stage at New York Comic-Con. And thank god for it.
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WAIT! Before you blow off this trailer as part of the teen vampire glu,t know this: Vampire Academy was made by Mean Girls director Mark Waters and adapted by Heathers writer Daniel Waters. Plus the book was pretty great.
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We've been excited about the big-screen adaptation of Richelle Mead's fabulous and fun Vampire Academy series, about a half-vampire teen training to be a bodyguard for her noble vamp best friend, ever since Don Murphy and Michael Preger announced they would be producing the films, but we worried the movies might dumb…
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If you're worried that the Vampire Academy movies will be dumbed down — or that the kick-ass main character, Rose, will get turned into a guy to appeal to mainstream audiences — you shouldn't fret, an inside source tells io9.
It's great that the Vampire Academy books are becoming a movie series from Transformers producer Don Murphy. No matter how Hollywood dumbs them down, they probably won't be able to remove the core concept: a female bodyguard who kicks ass.
A boarding school full of vampires sounds like a bit silly, like Harry Potter meets Twilight. But Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy is actually something much cooler: Mean Girls with mysticism, plus complicated vampire politics. Spoilers ahead.