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Van Helsing TV series prepares Vancouver filming

A TV series based on vampire hunter character Van Helsing starts filming next week in Vancouver.

Abraham Van Helsing originally appeared in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula as an expert in obscure and exotic diseases, but the character gradually morphed into a vampire hunter in film adaptations over the decades. 

Universal tried to launch a version of Van Helsing as a movie franchise in 2004 with Hugh Jackman (pictured), but the film failed to find a large enough audience.

The new series starts filming next week and is scheduled to wrap in late June. It joins gothic TV drama A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the novels by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of Daniel Handler). The novels were turned into a film of the same name with Jim Carrey in 2004 and production starts on the TV series in Vancouver from April this year.   

British Columbia is one of Canada’s top production centres for both film and TV. Vancouver is also hosting superhero TV dramas DC: Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and The Flash.

Vancouver is also popular as a filming location for shows to be distributed via online streaming platforms like Netflix. This is putting pressure on the city’s studio facilities and – in common with rival international hubs like London – warehouses and other industrial buildings are increasingly being converted into temporary production spaces.   

For more on filming in British Columbia see our production guide.