If you’re an ardent lover of quality vampire flicks, don’t sweat the news that Joss Whedon passed on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake. There’s a good chance you can take comfort in an entirely new vampire-centric project – brought to you by someone well-versed in the bloodsucker genre.

The Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson is sinking his teeth into a freshly signed development deal with Warner Bros. TV. Before the ink had even dried Williamson reportedly began work on a new project that is already being called a potential “companion series” for his juggernaut vampire show which remains the CW’s highest rated series.

Already generating comparisons to the The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the hour-long weekly drama in development centers on a group of (presumably attractive) researchers who dare to study and boldly investigate paranormal happenings (those of which likely involve your not-so-friendly array of neighborhood vampires). Furthering hype about the vampire overtones is the hot rumor that Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec will also be involved, in some capacity, behind the scenes of the new show.

If you’re wondering, like many other TV fans are, if this project could prove a logical replacement for Supernatural, now in its sixth season on the CW, you may be on to something. With contracts set to expire for the Supernatural cast at the end of this season, as well as the show’s move to the dreaded Friday night ratings dead zone, it’s quite possible that many will go the way of creator Eric Kripke – who has already abandoned ship. What’s more, the new Williamson project sounds very Supernatural-esque.

In the absence of concrete casting news, some are naturally speculating about the prospect of one or more characters from The Vampire Diaries possibly doing some cross-over promotional work – to give the new show an initial ratings jolt. What is for certain, however, is that the pilot will be under consideration by the CW for possible launch during the 2011-12 season.

Kevin Williamson, who only signed a new development deal with Warner Bros. in early November, is enamored with the paranormal and his penchant for such seems poised to direct his forthcoming endeavors. This will definitely please television audiences that still can’t seem to get enough of vampires, zombies, and other assorted vile creatures of the night.

Source: E! Online