Syfy Gives Straight-to-Series Order to Grindhouse Drama 'Blood Drive'

THR Dave Howe SyFy Exec Suite - H 2014
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THR Dave Howe SyFy Exec Suite - H 2014

Syfy is out for blood with its latest original series.

The cable network has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order for the grindhouse-style drama Blood Drive, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The series is described as a high-octane story set in a near-apocalyptic future centered on Los Angeles' last good cop who must join a twisted and bloody cross-country death race that includes cars powered by blood and a dangerous female character who sees people as little more than fuel.

From Universal Cable Productions, Blood Drive was penned by writer James Roland. John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) and David Straiton (Bates Motel) will exec produce and the latter will also direct. Fredrik Malmberg (Conan the Barbarian) and Mark Wheeler will serve as producers, and Roland is attached as a supervising producer.

"This highly stylized roller coaster ride is a throwback to 1970s grindhouse cinema. With its fast-paced thrills and indie feel, Blood Drive will make an exciting and edgy addition to Syfy’s growing slate of original scripted series," said Syfy president Dave Howe. 

Added UCP president Jeff Wachtel, "The grindhouse cinema style remains largely untapped in television. The combination of gritty action and dark humor can push the envelope in some fun and unexpected ways."

Blood Drive joins a rapidly growing roster of originals at Syfy that includes 12 Monkeys — already renewed for a second season — and upcoming new series The ExpanseChildhood's EndThe Walking Dead exec producer Gale Anne Hurd's Hunters and The Magicians. The network's slate of dramas also includes OlympusDefiance, Haven, Z Nation and Dark Matter, among others.