Sherlock team to tackle Dracula series for Netflix

Lawrence Kim
October 15, 2018

Wenger and Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore Dracula commissioned the series, which is written and created by Moffat and Gatiss. In collaboration with BBC One (which will air the series in the U.K.), Netflix has ordered three 90-minute installments, which will be set in 1897 and revolve around the titular bloodsucker from Transylvania who sets his sights on Victorian London. Outside of the U.K., Netflix will be the platform carrying the series.

Moffat and Gatiss said: "There have always been stories about great evil". The Transylvanian nobleman, who also happens to be a vampire, is one of the most popular characters in pop culture history, appearing in movies without Christopher Lee (most memorably in 1931's Dracula, 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the current Hotel Transylvania series), movies with Christopher Lee (see: Hammer Film Productions), and, uh, cereal boxes (Count Chocula).

Vertue added, "There's nothing like fresh blood".

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat - the creators of BBC's Sherlock - have confirmed that their new drama will be called Dracula. Actor and screenwriter Gatiss has starred in numerous British series including "Sherlock", in which he played Mycroft, Holmes' brother. NBCUniversal's Carnival, producer of "Downton Abbey", made "Dracula" for NBC in 2013, but it only ran for one season. There's no word on casting yet, but Netflix and BBC should find a way to resurrect Leslie Nielsen and let him Dracula again. BBC chief Tony Hall has talked about the threat posed by the streamers and US tech firms to the pubcaster, but they have teamed for shows including "Troy: Fall of a City" and "Duty/Shame". Dracula however, will follow the model of Peaky Blinders, releasing as a Netflix original in the States. Executive producers are Gatiss, Moffat and Vertue for Hartswood Films, Ben Irving for BBC and will be handled by Tanz for Netflix. BBC Studios Distribution is the global sales firm.

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