One of the darkest female figures in European history, 16th century Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory, is the subject of a CBS drama series project from Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick and producer Joel Silver.

davideick2Bathory, produced by Lionsgate TV and Silver Pictures, tells the story of woman nicknamed the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. Considered the world’s most prolific serial killer, Báthory is believed to have tortured and murdered more than 600 girls. She also is known for her vampire-like tendencies, including drinking the girls’ blood. Báthory eventually was arrested, tried and convicted, spending her last days in solitary confinement. Eick will write the script and will executive produce with Silver.

WME-repped Eick is developing Gateway, a series adaptation of Frederik Pohl’s sci-fi novel about humanity’s encounter with an alien civilization, for Syfy, Entertainment One TV and Universal Cable Prods. He recently served as executive producer/showrunner on TNT’s Falling Skies and previously co-developed and executive produced Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica and executive produced spinoff Caprica.