The series Firebite
, which premieres tonday on AMC+, is a vampire series set in a remote desert mining town where the creatures take shelter from the sun in underground mines and tunnels. War is coming to the town as their numbers grow and vampire hunters Tyson, played by Rob Collins, and Shanika, played by Shantae Barnes-Cowan) take up the fight.
According to Collins, who talked to Jamie Ruby of SciFi Vision during a recent roundtable interview, it was both because of Australia’s Warwick Thorton, who created the series, and the subject matter that he joined the cast. “I'd always wanted to work with him. I got a small taste of it on an Australian series called Mystery Road
, the second series. He's kind of just one of our go-to amazing directors. So, there was that and vampire killer. So, those two things combined, I just had to do this project.”
Yael Stone, who plays Eleona on the series, told the SciFi Vision that Thorton was also a draw for her as was the unique take on the vampire story. “The scripts that I was sent were just so fascinating. I just felt like we have not done this before. We've not addressed Indigenous Australian history and a kind of violent colonial Australian history in this way before, using a vampire metaphor before, and I think it's extraordinarily creative. It's a really clever way in telling that story, and it's got heaps of joy and laughs and fun, and then, at it’s heart, it's got this incredibly powerful and incredibly serious metaphor as well.”