IFC cuts its teeth with 'Blake'


IFC is adapting a popular vampire novel as its first theatrical-length movie production.

The cable network is teaming with Lionsgate for a TV movie based on the "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" books that could lead to more Blake projects.

Laurell K. Hamilton's novels, 16 and counting, include elements familiar to fans of "True Blood" (vampires are part of regular society) and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (tough young female fights supernatural forces). The project will be adapted by Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"), who executive produces with Courtney Solomon ("Dungeons & Dragons").

IFC is targeting the movie to its core base of men 18-34 and plans to air it next year.

In the books, Blake is a vampire hunter with a lousy dating life who also works as a consultant investigating supernatural crimes. She attempts to come to terms with her abilities and navigate romantic and political relationships in the vampire community. (partialdiff)