Friday, April 19, 2013

TV Series Update - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong


As most will know by now, Kelley Armstrong's urban fantasy novel Bitten (2001) from her Women of the Otherworld series is coming to television, initially on Space. For American fans I am sure it will be picked up by SyFy at some point. The show starts principal shooting sometime this month in Hespeler Ontario for an early 2014 release and a planned 13 episodes. Hespeler is a stand-in for the Stonehaven/Bear Creek, New York location used in the novel. And lucky me, this location is only 15 miles from where I live.

Hespeler Village on the Speed River

Description:
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

CASTING

As of this past week most of the main casting announcements have been made. I've collected some images and descriptions with links to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) if you want to check out what they've been in before. Feel free to comment on the choices and whether they fit your with your vision of the characters.

      Greg Bryk                                     Laura Vandervoort
as Jeremy Danvers                              as Elena Michaels


Greyston Holt                                       Paul Greene
as Clayton Danvers                           as Philip McAdams
 

Paulino Nunes                                       Steve Lund        
as Antonio Sorrentino                             as Nick Sorrentino      
 

Natalie Brown                                       Michael Xavier
       as Diane                                       as werewolf Logan
               (Philip’s sister and Elena’s best friend in Toronto)
 
 
   Genelle Williams                                         Joel Keller       
as Logan’s girlfriend Rachel                          as werewolf Peter         
 
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Production Company: No Equal Entertainment


32 comments:

  1. I'm keeping my expectations low for this adaptation because a book = 13 eps, there's bound to be additional material they add and also, when the news first came about the TV series, this was in the announcement:

    "An erotically charged thriller, BITTEN examines the age-old battle between man and beast as human and inhuman forces come to a head in one small town and within one woman’s body."

    Erotically charged?!? really? So I'm kind of afraid of how it will turn out.

    However, I think so far, the casting seems sensible. I mean, no major hair or skin color changes, which is a good sign LOL. I do think the actor who was cast for Jeremy looks a bit too old, but at the same time, he does give a feeling of maturity that Jeremy has, so it should still work well.

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    1. Nath I think they will likely draw material from other books in the series as well, although they settled on Bitten as the overall title in the same way Game of Thrones is an over-reaching title for all of the Ice and Fire books.

      I read that "erotically charged" quote too but sloughed it off as the usual marketing pre-production "lets grab their attention" hype. I agree and hope they don't go that route. Probably thinking they need to draw some minor comparison to the likes of a known property like True Blood.

      Casting works for me. They all seem to have good credentials with previous work. In the end it will fall to how good the writing is. Kelley's work deserves a serious, fully invested treatment. Cross my fingers.

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    2. I think the fact that it is a Canadian production (if I'm not wrong) will help tone down the "erotically charged" nature of Bitten LOL. Hopefully. But yes, it might just a be a pre-production ploy.

      I think they'll perhaps draw on the short stories that Kelley has written that would flesh out a little bit more the characters... but I hope they don't take from the subsequent books.

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  2. Well, the cover was changed from the original (which I still have) to reflect the actress. Not one of the actors chosen looks anything like what I imagined. We'll have to see how this goes.

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    1. Can't say I am in love with the newest cover. Not particularly imaginative but certainly in line with other UF covers.

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  3. I don't know. I just don't feel that Bitten will spark up a great screenplay for television viewing. I barely got through the book.

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    2. Blah, obviously some one has finished it, It was NYT best seller.

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  4. I'm really excited to see how they're going to go about it. There are a few sexual scenes in the book, but hopefully they don't go overboard with it.
    My only concerns about the cast is Jeremy's character...He's supposed to be younger, hot and Part asian...This guy is none of these things...Sorry.

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    1. If you look up other photos of the actor he doesn't look nearly as old, I promise! It must have been for a specific role he was playing they made him look that way. Check out Kelley's blog/Facebook page for photos and other information that comes out about the impending TV series.

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  5. The actor playing Jeremy is too old? Hmm. Some of us Kelley Armstrong lovers are middle-aged women. 41 sounds PERFECT to me. I was worried they'd have a bunch of barely-post-adolescent kids doing everything.

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  6. I'm not too keen on the actor that'll be playing Jeremy which sucks because he was the only other character (other than Elena) that I fell in love with. :(

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  7. The cast looks nothing like I imagined in my mind and it kind of sucks they just don't fit.

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  8. I'm sincerely hoping that they actually do a good job with this... It'll be a shame if all this turns into is a bunch of teeny-boppers going crazy because of more werewolves.... This is an amazing series of books and I would hate for it to be shamed because of horrible production...

    The characters are okay.... The only ones I really can't complain about are Elena,Diane and Philip. The one for Jeremy is horrible.

    I guess all there is to do is cross our fingers..

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    1. The only ones that I thought looked like what I had imagined in the book was Elena, (Laura Vandervoort), and Phillip (Paul Greene). The others are nothing like I pictured.

      I love the series and hope they can air it in the U.S. if not Netflix is just fine with me.

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  9. I am very disappointed in the Actor they picked to play Jeremy, though I don't mind the age because he is suppose to be older then Clay and Elena, it really frustrates me that he is not Asian.

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  10. I am very disappointed with the choices they've made for the actors. Greg Bryk looks NOTHING like Jeremy. Greyston Holt is merely a passable Clay, but isn't the jaw-dropping male beauty I would have expected. Laura Vandervoort is a good choice, though, so that's something.

    To be honest, I think to have the very best for this Television Series, it should be done in CGI. At least, then they would look like the characters described in the book. All they would need then is a good voice for each of the characters.

    Hopefully, the script and graphics will make up for the appalling choice of actors.

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    1. I agree with you. I think CGI would be best.

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  11. I am a little dissapointed about Jeremy as well. Only because of Jeremey's lineage. I don't mind the age, but part of what he is stems from Asian folklore. It is mentioned multiple times in every book that he is Asian. Seems to me that Kelley had an image of Jeremy in her mind and she wanted to portray that to us. I guess in this adaptation, he got his looks from his father.
    Same goes for Clay. If his character were a city guy, perfect. But, I do not see the southern surfer eye-stopper with curly golden hair pictured here.

    Perhaps acting abilities and good screenwriting will make up for the loss of the character's physical descriptions that we have all been given.

    I think everyone else is perfect.

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    1. Apparently they're dropping the Kitsune stuff. Kelley mentioned it on her tumbler. http://kelleyarmstrong.tumblr.com/search/bitten

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  12. The Pack actors can be different specially the Sorrentino's, they dont look italian as in books or as buff and cly doesnt have the drawel...but hey...its gonna be different and hope they stay close to the series

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  13. Does the charachter paige play apart in the series too?

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  14. do you think that the us will pick it up on the sicfi ch.

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  15. Nath no hair or skin changes?!?!?! Jeremy is supposed to be half Asian!!!!! For that reason, I'm quite disappointed.with the casting

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  20. The Pack actors can be different specially the Sorrentino's, they dont look italian as in books or as buff and cly doesnt have the drawel...but hey...its gonna be different and hope they stay close to the series

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