Johnny B. Truant’s Fat Vampire book series is being adapted for Syfy by Harley Peyton as a 10-episode series, tentatively titled Reginald the Vampire. It’s going to star Jacob Batalon, best known for playing Ned Leeds in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films Homecoming, Far from Home and this December’s No Way Home.
The show is described as follows: “The series is set in a world populated by beautiful, fit and vain vampires. Reginald Baskin tumbles headlong into it as an unlikely hero who will have to navigate every kind of obstacle — the girl he loves but can’t be with, a bully manager at work and the vampire chieftan who want him dead. Fortunately, Reginald discovers he has a few unrecognized powers of his own. A new show with a lot of heart and just enough blood, Reginald the Vampire proves the undead life is just as complicated as life itself.
“It’s about a guy who’s very overweight and out of shape when he’s turned into a vampire,” Truant explains to indieauthorland. “The idea came up on a podcast I co-host when we wondered why vampires are always ‘perfect and beautiful.’ Does vampirism really just make you thin? Or does it freeze you where you are? So this book starts with that premise: what if you were turned into a ‘fat vampire’ and frozen that way for eternity? [It’s] somewhere between horror and humor. It’s not truly horror, because it’s so stupid ad satirical, but it is at least somewhat horror, because it’s plenty bloody and has vampires in it.”