Vertigo Films and SquareOne Productions Announce New Vampire Drag Drama Series Vamping

– The Berlin show uses the famous nightlife and hedonistic culture of LGBTQ+ clubs as a backdrop to portray a community of vampires struggling to find their place in the world

Director Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Vertigo Films and SquareOne Productions, the production arm of Munich-based distributor SquareOne Entertainment, have announced their latest cross-border collaboration to produce a new supernatural drama series, titled Vamping.

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franchise, the two bands are currently working on this 8×60 minute show, developed for a young adult audience. Located in Berlin, Vampire uses the city’s famed hedonistic, nightlife club culture of LGBTQ+ as a backdrop to tell the story of a community of vampires struggling to find their place in the world. Described by his team as “a youthful and heady blend of Laid and The Vampire Diaries”, it follows a British drag queen, Everett, a young, impetuous and queer black performer. After celebrating a bit too loudly after a triumphant performance at Berlin’s hottest drag club, Dragged Yesterday, he discovers he’s unwittingly been turned into a vampire. Terrified, angry and unsure of what has happened to him, he sets out to find the truth and becomes the protagonist of an impending culture war between tribes of vampires.

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Introduced to a whole new side of the queer world he never knew existed, Everett is torn between his former love, his life and his friends, and The Untamed: a vampire community that lives entirely underground, deprived of all joy and all hope, and who wants to get rid of humans once and for all. Bouncing between the glitz and camp frivolity of the drag scene, and the darker side of human nature and systematic marginalization, Vampire promises to celebrate “otherness, belonging, chosen family and finding one’s place in a fractured world where being different is frowned upon”.

The show was created by a London-born writer, director and producer Matthew Jacobs Morganwho wrote it in tandem with a German-born multidisciplinary artist and screenwriter Sophie Yukiko Hasters.

Speaking of the project, Al Munteanuof SquareOne Productions, said, “Vampire is a supernatural drama about drag queen vampires. This already tells you everything you need to know. It was with these words that Matthew Jacobs Morgan piqued our interest years ago. We developed the script with him and our partners at Vertigo Films, and immediately knew we were on the right track, locating the story in Berlin and pairing Matthew with the talented Sophie-Yukiko Hasters to bring this tale to life. uniqueness. voice. It’s a show that celebrates otherness. When they regrouped after the street dance franchise, Allan Niblo [of Vertigo Films] and I was sure that together we knew how to deal with the brash, shiny and in your face elements! »

Jacobs Morgan added, “I’m so excited to write a show set in one of my favorite cities and through a genre lens that has always obsessed me. We blur the lines between queerness and vampirism in a way that explores otherness, belonging, and community, while bringing loud, queer joy to the forefront with a brilliant army of creatives by my side.

Vampire is produced by Allan Niblo for Vertigo Films (UK) and Al Munteanu of SquareOne Productions (Germany). The production will be shot in English and German and will draw on talent from minority and underrepresented communities in front of and behind the camera, with casting taking place in the coming months.

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