Although Vampire Academy opened to less than stellar reviews and box office numbers, fans of Richelle Mead’s best-selling series have not wavered in their support of the film or been deterred from the possibility of a sequel. For months, producers teased Frostbite news on their Facebook page and fans were rewarded last month when it was announced the majority of the sequel’s funds had been raised. However, like Veronica Mars and Wish I Were Here, the filmmakers are also relying on crowd funding to bring the project to fruition.
Vampire Academy producers will launch a monthlong IndieGoGo campaign on Wednesday, August 6th in the hopes of raising $1.5 million for the project. If the goal is met, production on Frostbite will begin in early 2015 and the film will be released later that year. Speaking with MTV, producer Deepak Nayar expressed the power Vampire Academy fans have when it comes to making the sequel a reality.
“Our financiers were willing to move forward ONLY if we could show them the fans would support us,” Nayar said. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that we would not be here without them.”
Producer Mike Preger also spoke highly of Vampire Academy fans and revealed a new screenwriter for the project.
“The fans mean everything to us,” he said in an email to MTV News. “We decided to move forward with ‘Frostbite’ because of the fans, and we want to give them the purest book to film adaptation possible. We have a script by Piers Ashworth [screenwriter of “St. Trinian’s”] that does just that. We want to give them exactly what they expect.”
Though producers wish to see the original cast (Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, etc.) return, MTV notes their involvement cannot be confirmed at this time. In answering fan inquiries on Facebook, it was revealed that international fans will be able to contribute to the campaign. Further details will be available on the IndieGoGo FAQ this Wednesday when the campaign goes live.