The vampire web series Carmilla’s current season — it’s third — will be its last, but the show’s fans, who call themselves “Creampuffs,” need not fret. The two Shaftesbury subsidiaries behind Carmilla, Smokebomb Entertainment and shift2, have announced their plan to turn the series into a feature film that will premiere in the fall of 2017.
Despite the strange bedfellows who spawned it, Carmilla has emerged as a bonafide hit. It’s a supernatural web series based on a 19th century short story about a lesbian vampire and funded by feminine hygiene brand U By Kotex. That unusual combination has resonated with the show’s mostly-female audience, which has delivered more than 50 million views across all episodes.
“The demand for Carmilla has been off the charts so we wanted to super-serve the fans by exploring the story further through other formats and platforms,” said Jay Bennett, SVP of creative and innovation at Smokebomb, in a press release. “It’s not often that you have the opportunity to launch a film with the kind of built-in fan base that Carmilla has.”
The film will bring back the show’s two lead actresses, Elise Bauman and Streamy-nominee Natasha Negovanlis, both of whom will reprise their roles. This won’t be the first time Bauman and Negovanlis have co-starred in a movie together; they also portrayed the primary protagonists in Almost Adults, a project produced by the Gay Women Channel. They’ve once again put their enticing chemistry on display in a first look for the Carmilla movie shared by Smokebomb:
While the Carmilla movie doesn’t yet have an official release date, it is currently available for pre-order via VHX. Three versions of the film can be purchased, with the most basic version retailing for $9.99 and the most deluxe package hiking the price up to $20.99.