Waters set for fantasy novel adaptation.

‘Mean Girls’ director Mark Waters has been tapped by Reliance Entertainment and IM Global to helm ‘Blood Sisters,’ the first film in a planned franchise based on Richelle Mead’s hit fantasy novels ‘Vampire Academy.’

Set at St. Vladimir’s Academy in the Montana forest, ‘Vampire Academy’ centres on Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old “dhampir” — a half human/half vampire and a guardian of the Moroi race of peaceful mortal vampires. She must deal with the intricacies of the Moroi social order and the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.

Deadline adds that Zoey Deutch (‘Beautiful Creatures’) and Australian actress Lucy Fry have been landed the lead roles of Rose and Lissa, while Russian actor Danila Kozlovski (‘We Are From The Future’) has been cast as Dimitri, a Serbian vampire who is assigned to look after and protect the young two girls. French actress Olga Kurylenko, most recently seen starring alongside Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi ‘Oblivion,’ has been cast as head mistress Kirova.

Waters will be directing ‘Blood Sisters’ from a script penned by his brother Daniel Waters, who wrote the iconic 1988 black comedy ‘Heathers.’

The film will be produced by Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment banner, Don Murphy and Angry Films, and Kintop Pictures’ Deepak Nayer. Stuart Ford from IM Global will serve as executive producer.

Speaking with Deadline, Ford stated, “Tonally, this is so different from all these movies that are so solemn and serious. This is as much Mean Girls as The Hunger Games. It is snappy, irreverent, sexy and just a lot of fun. And we got the right director for that kind of movie.”