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Calgary's Nomadic Pictures to produce sci-fi series Van Helsing in Vancouver

Calgary's Nomadic Pictures to produce sci-fi series Van Helsing in Vancouver
FILE - In this May 1, 2015 photo, Neil LaBute poses on the set of his new play "The Way We Get By" at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. A play festival benefiting the National Coalition Against Censorship will go on at a new location, but without the Neil LaBute play that led to the event being scrapped at its initial venue. Playwrights for a Cause said Tuesday that its festival featuring three new short plays about censorship in the arts will take place on June 14 at New York Theatre Workshop.

Photograph by: Charles Sykes , Calgary Herald

The Calgary production company that co-produces Fargo and Hell on Wheels will begin production on a futuristic sci-fi series in January, but the show will be shot entirely in Vancouver.

Nomadic Pictures has sold 13, hour-long episodes to the U.S. network Syfy of Van Helsing, which “reimagines the timeless Dracula brand with the resurrection of Vanessa Helsing, the next in line of a lineage of warriors who now must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires.”

No cast has been named for Van Helsing, but New York film director and playwright Neil LaBute has been announced as the series’ showrunner. While he has worked with Nomadic Pictures before, directing episodes of Hell on Wheels, the sci-fi leanings of Van Helsing makes it an unusual project for LaBute, who is known for his dark plays and films such as In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbours.

Chad Oakes, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, said they will be bringing roughly half a dozen Calgary-based crew members over for the shoot, which is expected to premier on SyFy in the U.S. and Superchannel in Canada in the Fall of 2016.

Some post-production special effects will also be done in Calgary, Oakes says.

“The look of the picture, we feel, will be best-served in British Columbia,” said Chad Oakes, co-chairman Nomadic Pictures. “It’s got the prop houses, the other special-effects houses, it’s perfect for this. Plus the look is dark and grim and gloomy and wet, and that really fits. The look or our picture is what Vancouver has to offer.”

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