Kevin Williamson to Produce Twilight TV Show — er, Vampire Diaries for CW

The CW believes they have the next teen craze on their hands — small town girls and brooding vampires. No, I’m not talking about a TV version of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books. I’m talking about a TV version of L.J. Smith’s “Vampire Diaries” books, which came out in the early ’90s and has been recently repackaged with all-new covers to entice the “Twilight”-reading public. With kids everywhere waiting anxiously for “New Moon”, the “Twilight” sequel, the CW wants to strike while the iron is hot, and they’ve enlisted former CW man Kevin Williamson to write and produce a TV series based on “The Vampire Diaries” for them.

More about the books and storyline from Variety:

Originally published in 1993 – which, as the CW took pains to note, was years before Stephanie Meyer launched her “Twilight” book franchise – “Vampire Diaries” revolves around a young woman whose torn between two vampire brothers. The The brothers – one good, one evil — are battling for her soul, and the souls of her pals, family and the small town where they live.

There have been four books in the Young Adult series so far. Here are the three main characters:

Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he’d kill to possess her.

Obviously the biggest difference here is that the female lead is a popular girl, and the setting is Virginia. Of course, that won’t keep people from calling shenanigans on the project, like, er, I just did with the title. Ahem.