AMC Studios and See-Saw Picture are teaming for a new indigenous vampire hunter series, Firebite, set in Australia. The project from Warwick Thornton will star Yael Stone, Rob Collins, Callan Mulvey, and newcomer Shantae Barnes-Cowan.
Mulvey is likely the recognizable name there having appeared in Hollywood projects such as Zero Dark Thirty, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 300: Rise of An Empire, Warcraft, Outlaw King, Avengers: Endgame, and The Russo Brothers’ expensive spy flick The Gray Man.
The project has begun production in South Australia with the 8-episode series to debut on AMC+ this winter.
Below is the official press release.
AMC+ announced today the start of production on the Original Series Firebite in South Australia this week, with Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Rob Collins (Cleverman, Extraction) and Callan Mulvey (Avengers: End Game) in leading roles. The series will also introduce Indigenous Australian star Shantae Barnes-Cowan.
Firebite is set in a remote desert mining town, a hive for the last vampire stronghold shipped from Britain to Australia in 1788 by the colonial superpower to eradicate the Indigenous populations. Sheltering from the sun in the underground mines and tunnels that surround the town until the present day, the colony’s numbers and hunger is growing. War is coming. Tyson and Shanika stand vanguard to the war. But what hope does an expertly reckless man full of bravado and a 17-year-old orphan possibly have to defeat these vicious blood-thirsty parasites, when legions of warriors before them have failed?
A co-production between AMC Studios and See-Saw Films, Firebite is a high-octane, highly original spin on the Vampire genre and fantasy series that follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Collins) and Shanika (Barnes-Cowan), on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert.
The series is comprised of eight, one-hour episodes set to debut on AMC+ this winter.
Created and written by Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous auteur voice, Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah, Sweet Country), who also directs along with Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards) and Tony Krawitz (The Tall Man, Dead Europe)