BBC One reveals first Dracula plot teasers as it teams with Netflix on Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss series
BBC One has officially greenlit Dracula, a 3-part series of 90-minute films from Sherlock duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
The series, first announced last summer, has now been announced as a co-production between the BBC and Netflix, with the streaming service making Dracula available outside of the UK.
It’s also been confirmed that, unlike Sherlock, this new project will be a period piece and not a modern-day reimagining.
“In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London,” reads an early synopsis. “And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
In a joint statement, Moffat and Gatiss said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, described the pair’s “ingenious vision” for Dracula as “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,” Wenger said. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at [producers] Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”
This new take on the Count’s exploits is said to be “inspired” by Stoker’s original 1897 novel. “We’re keeping schtum about what we’re going to do,” Moffat said in December 2017. “We’ve got an idea of how we’re going to handle Dracula, but we’re not saying what it is.“
Despite being from the Sherlock team, though, the show will categorically not reimagine Vlad the Impaler as a sexy genius crime-solver. “[It’s] Dracula solves crimes!” Moffat joked last year, before adding: “I just made that up – it’s not that, it’s not that!”
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The BBC and Netflix have yet to confirm when Dracula will premiere.
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