If you feel Ian Somerhalder is crazy to dive headfirst into yet another vampire-primarily based Television series right after wrapping up The Vampire Diaries two years ago, he’s effectively conscious and prepared to prove you incorrect. When fans of The Vampire Diaries have been busy celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the CW show’s pilot earlier this week, Somerhalder was really hard at perform placing the finishing touches on his new series, V-Wars, as it prepares to launch on Netflix later this year.

“I really like this genre so considerably so that I ended up locating myself back in the genre. I doubled down, heavily — not just even as an actor I am generating, directing, and starring,” Somerhalder told Television Guide. “I know some men and women preserve asking me, ‘Do you feel men and women are going to feel you are nuts that you spent eight years on a vampire show only to uncover oneself on yet another 1?’ And no, I never feel men and women are going to feel I am nuts. And if they do, when they see it, they will see how diverse it is.”

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As an executive producer and director of the series, Somerhalder stated he has been extremely hands-on in crafting the initially season of V-Wars. From sound mixing to VFX to colour-grading, there is not a single frame of the series he hasn’t touched, and he credited a lot of his understanding and skills to his time spent on The Vampire Diaries, on which he sooner or later became a producer and director.

“I am actually grateful for how considerably I discovered on [that] show,” stated Somerhalder. “What I am in a position to place into V-Wars is a direct reflection of the understanding and the talent sets that I created on The Vampire Diaries, for positive, each in the production and post-production side. … The Vampire Diaries was an anomaly it was 1 of these uncommon, golden doves that come out of nowhere. When it requires a lot out of you, it is quick to show up and be the star of a hit tv show. It is a diverse planet to develop 1 from the ground up, and I’ve place my soul into this show… I am up at six in the morning and there are hundreds of points that want to be taken care of every single day.”

No matter whether or not fans of The Vampire Diaries will comply with Somerhalder and his smolder to his new series, which has far more freedom considering that it really is streaming and not beholden to broadcast tv guidelines, has but to be determined. But the actor is confident that, should really they tune in, they will uncover a planet quite diverse from Mystic Falls. Not only will Somerhalder be playing a human this time about, the distinguished Dr. Luther Swann, V-Wars is steeped in significantly less mythology than The Vampire Diaries and its spin-offs. Consequently, the series will concentrate significantly less on magical curses and spells and far more on the grounded reality of a medically-primarily based phenomenon.

“It is far more about the science rather of supernatural fantasy,” explained Somerhalder. “These creatures come as a outcome of a illness. They are not 165 years old it really is taking place brand new, in true-time. You happen to be experiencing it as it really is taking place. What that does to the planet is going to be insane.”

V-Wars 10-episode season is set to premiere later this year Netflix.

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