Vampire Academy (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Waters|
|Produced by||Don Murphy
|Written by||Daniel Waters|
|Based on||Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead
|Music by||Rolfe Kent|
|Editing by||Chris Gill|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Box office||$8,954,723 |
Vampire Academy is an American fantasy adventure film based on the 2007 best-selling novel Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, directed by Mark Waters, and scripted by Daniel Waters. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky, and Lucy Fry in lead roles. It was released in the U.S. on February 7, 2014 while it will be released in the summer for some other countries, and was distributed in the United States by The Weinstein Company.
The story features a 17-year-old Dhampir (half-human/vampire) guardian-in-training Rose Hathaway, and her royal Moroi (the peaceful, mortal vampires) best friend Lissa Dragomir living discreetly within our world, and had escaped from their boarding school St. Vladimir's Academy two years prior to the story. They are soon dragged back to the Academy and rediscovering the dangerous hierarchy within it, along with lies, rumors and secrets. Rose starts to form an attraction to her Russian Dhampir mentor, Dimitri Belikov. The two best friends begin to realize that the threat of the Strigoi (bloodthirsty, undead vampires) is bigger than ever.
- Zoey Deutch as Rosemarie "Rose" Hathaway
- Lucy Fry as Vasilisa "Lissa" Dragomir
- Danila Kozlovsky as Dimitri Belikov
- Gabriel Byrne as Victor Dashkov
- Dominic Sherwood as Christian Ozera
- Olga Kurylenko as Headmistress Ellen Kirova
- Sarah Hyland as Natalie Dashkov
- Cameron Monaghan as Mason Ashford
- Sami Gayle as Mia Rinaldi
- Ashley Charles as Jesse Zeklos
- Claire Foy as Sonya Karp
- Joely Richardson as Queen Tatiana Ivashkov
- Edward Holcroft as Aaron Drozdov
- Chris Mason as (Ray/Ralf Sarcozy)
- Ben Peel as Spiridon
- Harry Bradshaw as Bruno
- Shelley Longworth as Feeder Norrine
- Elizabeth Conboy as Rhea Dragomir (Lissa's Mom)
- Bronte Terrell as Camilla/Camille Conta
- Alice Wahtel as Mia's friend
In June 2010, Preger Entertainment optioned the film rights to the Vampire Academy series. On July 6, 2010, they announced that producer Don Murphy had joined them to help bring the series to the big screen. On December 17, 2012, it was announced that Daniel Waters was writing the script and subsequently, it was announced, that his brother, Mark Waters would direct.
On February 1, 2013, it was announced that Zoey Deutch, Australian actress Lucy Fry, and Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky were cast as Rose Hathaway, Lissa Dragomir, and Dimitri Belikov respectively. On April 29, 2013, it was announced that Olga Kurylenko had been cast as Headmistress Ellen Kirova. On May 10, 2013, additional cast members were announced to be Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley Charles for the roles of Mason Ashford, Mia Rinaldi, Sonya Karp and Jesse Zeklos respectively. On May 18, 2013, it was announced that Gabriel Byrne would play Victor Dashkov, Lissa's uncle, while Sarah Hyland would play Natalie Dashkov, Victor’s daughter and fellow student at the academy. Joely Richardson played Queen Tatiana Ivashkov, leader of the Moroi Vampires and Dominic Sherwood played Christian Ozera, Lissa’s love interest. On May 20, 2013, the producers posted a behind the scenes photograph revealing the names of a few more cast members. Casting for the film was undertaken by Marci Liroff and Reg Poerscout-Edgerton.
The title was initially changed from Vampire Academy to Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. This was the name of the first book in many foreign languages and a different name for each film was wanted. The title was later changed back to simply Vampire Academy. The project was officially greenlit on April 1, 2013. The producers announced on their official Facebook page that principal photography would take place in the UK with additional photography planned in and around Montana in USA and that director, Mark Waters had started pre-production work in London.
Prior to the official release of the film, the "Blood Sisters" portion of the title was dropped.
On January 14, 2014, the track list of the official soundtrack was released. The album itself was released on February 4, 2014. Tracks included the artists Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Sky Ferreira, Natalia Kills, and Au Revoir Simone. There was also a special cover track of Bela Lugosi's Dead featured during the film's end credits by Chvrches.
The Weinstein Company, the North American distributors for the film, held a competition where the winner would be able to visit the set in London and meet the cast. The official motion poster was also revealed on July 22, 2013 by Yahoo! Movies. On August 13, 2013, three official stills were released by USA Today and later in the day The Weinstein Company released a sneak peek of the teaser trailer. On August 14, 2013, The Weintstein Company released the full official teaser trailer on Yahoo! Movies. On September 12, 2013, The Weinstein Company started releasing stills and character profile photos on the film's Twitter account. Sherwood, Gayle, Fry and Deutch attended the New York Comic Con for the movie, where a new sizzle reel was previewed by those in attendance. On November 21, 2013, the official theatrical trailer was released by Yahoo! Movies.
The film was originally set to be released on Valentine's Day, but changed to February 7, 2014 in the United States; elsewhere, it is set to open in the Spring/Summer of 2014. The theatrical release of the film was cancelled in Brazil due to low international box office earnings.
The movie underperformed and only made $3.9 million in its opening weekend. The film later opened in a further 12 countries but barely passed the $1 million mark, grossing just $619,381. As of February 16, 2014, the film had grossed $6.6 million, with many suggesting that poor box office returns will effectively end any plans for a sequel. After a month of its theatrical release in the US, Vampire Academy only grossed $8 million at the box office.
Vampire Academy was not screened for critics, and has received negative reviews. The film currently holds a 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 36 reviews. The consensus states: "Though it may appeal to its built-in fanbase, Vampire Academy's Twilight-meets-Mean Girls conceit borrows lazily from its predecessors and offers few laughs or thrills to complement its overstuffed backstory."
The movie was mostly criticized for its script, action sequences and CGI effects. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone gave the film a 0/4 stars and wrote, "One idea, mixed with lame jokes, and stretched beyond coherence. Vampire Academy doesn't need a review. It needs a stake in the heart." Dennis Harvey from Variety also gave the movie a negative review, stating it "Not only plays like the crassest possible mashup of Harry Potter and Twilight elements, but seems designed to make those franchises look like eternal monuments of world culture by comparison." Manohla Dargis from The New York Times said "[Mr. Waters] doesn't seem especially interested in the supernatural parts of Vampire Academy, and he clearly didn't have the budget to make what little hocus-pocus there is magical." The cast was also panned, with critics singling out Zoey Deutch's performance as a "ripoff" of Ellen Page as Juno from the film of the same name. Kevin A. Rason of MovieCrypt.com noted Lucy Fry for displaying occasional charisma but compared her at other moments to "nails on a chalkboard".
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- Vampire Academy at Metacritic
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