The American Horror Story regular’s Belletrist Productions has landed a series order for First Kill, based on a short story by best-selling author Victoria “V.E.” Schwab. Belletrist won rights to the story in a highly competitive situation, outbidding multiple other parties.
Netflix has ordered eight hour-long episodes of the YA drama, with Schwab writing and executive producing and Felicia D. Henderson (Empire, Netflix’s The Punisher) serving as showrunner.
First Kill centers on Juliette, a teenage vampire who’s out to make her first kill. She sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope, unaware that her target is a vampire hunter who comes from a family of celebrated slayers. They each discover that the other won’t be easy to kill, and far too easy to fall for.
The series marks a return to Netflix for Roberts, who had been set to star in the streamer’s skating drama Spinning Out but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Kaya Scodelario was later cast in the part; Spinning Out lasted a single season on Netflix.
Schwab’s story was published in September as part of Imprint’s Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite.
First Kill is Roberts’ and Belletrist’s second literary adaptation. The company is also developing Carola Lovering’s 2018 novel Tell Me Lies at Hulu, where Belletrist has a first-look deal. The Netflix series was in the works before Belletrist inked its Hulu deal.
Roberts and Belletrist co-founder Karah Preiss will executive produce First Kill alongside Schwab and Henderson. Roberts is repped by CAA, Sweeney Entertainment and Felker Toczek. Schwab is repped by CAA and Root Literary.