UMU offers the latest on Sherlock creators new project – “Dracula”.
Last year in June, I previously reported on the news that Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat were developing a series based on Bram Stoker’s gothic classic “Dracula.” At the time, all that was known was that this new adaptation of “Dracula” would adopt the same format as Sherlock “with a miniseries run of feature-length episodes.” Aside from that, there was no word on a potential cast or start date.
As we head into the new year, Universal Monsters Universe has the latest news regarding Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s “Dracula.” While promoting the recently aired Doctor Who Christmas Special, Gatiss spoke more on the currently in development “Dracula.” Details are still pretty lite on one of the most iconic of classic monsters, but we now know that while according to Gatiss the series is still “a way’s away,” Moffat revealed “We’re going to have a meeting quite shortly, as soon as he’s free, and we’ll start writing January-ish.“
If “Dracula” is anything like Sherlock, we may just see Mark Gatiss give himself a role, just like how he portrayed Mycroft Holmes in his Sherlock series. While we don’t know who may be taking on the role of the famous vampire, we do know that Gatiss has considered playing Renfield. “I don’t know yet [if I’ll be in it]. The part I’d like is obviously Renfield, the mad man. That’s the best part. We’ll see.”
While it probably won’t be until sometime in 2019 that we see Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s “Dracula,” Moffat did offer one tidbit “We’re keeping schtum about what we’re going to do. We’ve got an idea of how we’re going to handle Dracula, but we’re not saying what it is.”
While Universal’s plans for the “Dark Universe” have currently been placed on hold, fans eager to see a big screen Dracula will have to wait just a little bit longer, especially those still holding out hope for Luke Evans to reprise his role from 2014’s Dracula Untold. It does seem likely that whatever Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have envisioned for Bram Stoker’s iconic monster, fans will be eager to sink their teeth into this series!
Are you looking forward to “Dracula”? Would the possibility of Dracula being female be an interesting take? Or would you prefer to see a classic portrayal of The Count, one that especially hearkens back to the performances of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee? Be sure to leave your comments below!
Previously appearing in “BBC “SHERLOCK” CREATORS TO ADAPT “DRACULA” AS NEW MINI-SERIES!” (Originally published on 6/20/2017)
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)