BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who Team Sink Their Teeth Into Dracula!
Get your wooden stakes and garlic! It looks like a new Dracula television series is coming!
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the duo behind BBC Sherlock and show runner/writers on Doctor Who, are working on a new adaptation for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Not much is known about what the show will be like, since they’re in the very early stages. They haven’t started writing scripts yet.
What we do know is that it will have a similar format to Sherlock. It will be short episode seasons with longer running times.
TV Line is reporting:
Dracula, of course, is the prototypical vampire story, based on the Bram Stoker novel about a blood-sucking gentleman from Transylvania who moves to England to locate new victims. It’s been the inspiration for countless films and TV shows, including a short-lived 2013-14 NBC version starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers…
…Moffat executive-produced six seasons of the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, and teamed with Gatiss to create the Emmy-winning Sherlock revival, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Sherlock‘s status is currently up in the air, with no word yet on a possible fifth season.
As a fan of Sherlock and Doctor Who, I’m really excited to see how they do Dracula. I think it would be cool if they did a modern take on the character like they did with Sherlock Holmes. This could open the door for other shows as well. A lot of characters in the public domain could have amazing reboots in today’s world. Some of these include Robin Hood, many of the Wizard of Oz characters, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Zorro, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dorian Grey, and pretty much the entire cast of Alice in Wonderland. Comic Vine has a great list of public domain characters if you want to check it out.
It will be interesting to see what Moffat and Gatiss do with Dracula. Until we get more news, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think about a Dracula television show? Let us know in the comments!