BBC “Sherlock” creators plan “Dracula” series!
One of the most exciting shows of the last decade has been BBC’s Sherlock. Created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, of Doctor Who fame, are now turning to another classic literary source to reinvigorate – Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”! Now this is something Universal Monsters and gothic literature fans can sink their teeth into.
Reported first and exclusively by Variety, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series, and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films will produce. Variety goes on to report that work on the series has yet to begin, but that Gatiss and Moffat are in talks with the BBC to host the series. Interestingly, Dracula will adopt the same format as Sherlock “with a miniseries run of feature-length episodes.”
For those still awaiting Dracula’s debut in Universal’s “Dark Universe”, it looks as if Gatiss’ and Moffat’s Dracula will be just the kind of production to hold fans over. It will be very exciting to follow the production of Dracula, especially in regards to casting and on whether or not this will be a modernized take on the Count, in just the same way Sherlock was a modernized version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective.
Mark Gatiss has made no secret of his love for the classic monsters and once published the following on Radio Times:
I was steeped in horror films from the beginning, I absolutely adored them. I saw my first when I was about five: The Brides of Dracula (Hammer, 1960). I remember it vividly.
I loved the big horror titans like Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, but Peter Cushing was always my favourite. He was in a good share of not very good films, but he’s always brilliant. He’s so immaculate and lovable, even when he’s playing the villain. He brings an amazing physicality, he’s got this real muscular energy. There’s a famous bit at the end of Dracula, when he races up the table and drags a curtain down to let the sunlight in, that’s pure Douglas Fairbanks.
As of right now, no one has been cast yet in Dracula as scripts have yet to be written.
As always, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for the latest news on “Dracula” and Universal’s “Dark Universe.”
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)