From vampires to werewolves to ghosts to faeries, it seems like every creature from myth and fable has been stylized and updated for the movies or on television programs like True Blood, Once Upon A Time, and Being Human. In case you’ve ever wondered who or what remains to be revamped for modern audiences, here, at least, is one unexpected answer: nymphs.
A nymph (Greek: νύμφη, nymphē) in Greek mythology and in Latin mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. Different from goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are believed to dwell in mountains and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms.
The show will actually be an American remake of a Finnish series and is being written by an alum of the unabashedly brutal Spartacus: Blood And Sand. Considering how that sex-swords-sandals epic spared no opportunity for scandal and salaciousness, expect Nymphs’ nubile demigoddesses to run rampant and scantily clad in the streets of New York, Los Angeles, or some other hellish pit even the Greeks couldn’t have dreamed up.
Here’s a trailer for the original series. It’s in Italian, but I think you’ll get the gist: