Last year there were rumblings about a new gothic series from Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, but the new commission has only just been confirmed.
In a statement released through BBC Media Centre, the pair revealed they’re working on a drama called Dracula, inspired by the 19th-century novel: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
The first season of Dracula will consist of three 90-minute episodes, which will air on BBC One in the U.K. and Netflix in the U.S.
Irish author Stoker unleashed the vampire Count Dracula on the world in 1897. The original story begins with Dracula living in Transylvania, but he’s working on a plan to move to England. When he finally sets off, he brings soil from Transylvania, which he needs to keep up his strength.
Once in England, a woman by the name of Lucy catches his attention and he begins stalking her. When Lucy begins to grow weak, Professor Abraham Van Helsing is called in to investigate.
There have been a number of on-screen adaptations of Dracula, including 1931’s Dracula, 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and, more recently, 2014’s Dracula Untold.
Knowing Moffat and Gatiss’ previous work, they could take the story in any direction. Though judging by the brief official synopsis, they’re keeping it close to the original: “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
Earlier this year, Gatiss shut down rumors about the series being modernized and him starring, when pressed by the RadioTimes. In the same interview (1:15), he was asked, “What sort of person do you think you’d have in mind for Dracula himself?”
Here’s Gatiss’ very thought-out answer:
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, provides some more insight, saying, “Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands, the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”
Moffat and Gatiss adapted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories — the first of which was published in 1887 — brilliantly. We wouldn’t expect anything less from this new venture.
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