When it comes to creating original content, Netflix truly leaves absolutely no stone unturned. From investigative docuseries like Tiger King to animated sitcoms like Bojack Horseman, the streaming giant produces a wide range of content every year to appease their massive customer base. This has been especially amplified over the past year as Netflix has ramped up their production efforts in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, working to ensure their customers had plenty of new and original content to keep them entertained during quarantine. As we ease out of quarantine however the company has shown little to no signs of slowing down however and have been consistently putting out new content since 2021 began with movies like Army of the Dead and series like Sons of Sam. Now they have announced another new project that could hit their platform as soon as later this year: the upcoming project First Kill is set to be a coming-of-age, vampire drama series and Netflix already has the cast for it.
The concept of a coming-of-age story and a vampire drama probably seems like a peculiar combination on the surface, however from the sounds of it the story actually makes sense. The series will follow the young vampire Juliette Fairmount, set to be played by Sarah Catheine Hook, as she is set to make her first kill as a vampire but gets more than she bargained for, setting her sights on a vampire hunter and, quite unexpectedly, falling for her prey. The project will seemingly highlight concepts of mortality and morality as the young vampire attempts to navigate through her experiences as a vampire while maintaining her humanity, a tall order for any young adult let alone one with supernatural powers. Hook is set to be joined by Imani Lewis, best known for her work on Eighth Grade, Jonas Dylan Allen and Aubin Wise, among several others, and will be based upon a short story of the same name written by Victoria Schwab who will co-write and executive produce the upcoming series.
For those familiar with the work of Shakespeare, this project certainly has a Romeo and Juliet-esque feel to it. Two young adults who are forced to combat their feelings in the face of what they believe is right, when in reality how they feel is what they should be acting upon. Forbidden love is not a new theme in literature or Hollywood, however through the lens of a vampire it is definitely not as commonplace. Netflix has ordered eight hour-long episodes for the first season of First Kill, so if it is of interest then you are in for a treat once the project hits their platform. Eager fans should keep their ears and eyes open as more details come out in the near future about the first season of First Kill.