BBC and Netflix Teaming up
Yes, you did, in fact, read that correctly. The two industry giants, BBC and Netflix have agreed to come together to create a Dracula series.
A new Dracula series in the making
The novel written by Bram Stoker has seen many adaptations over the years, but it’s impossible not to get excited about this one. Due to come out in three 90 minute installments, the series will hopefully stay true to the source material.
Heading the project are Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. If you’re a fan of the Sherlock TV series, then you likely recognize those names. Their presence here also explains the series episode length and quantity, as they’re fairly well known for the short seasons on Sherlock.
The series is expected to air on BBC for the U.K., and on Netflix for most other locations (sorry to any that end up somewhere in between those two).
Unlike Sherlock, Dracula will not be adapted to modern times. Instead, it will be set in 1897. While it may be interesting to see a modern take on Dracula from these duos, many fans are likely relieved to see the core of the plot staying the same.
Dracula is one of, if not the most famous vampire in modern media. His is the legend that made Transylvania so well known, for better or worse. Regardless, the gothic horror novel has captivated fans for years, resulting in countless retellings, adaptations, and spinoffs.
So far no actors have been cast, so it’s anyone’s guess who will end of playing Dracula, Van Helsing or any of the other characters at this point. One has to wonder, will the series follow Count Dracula from beginning to end, or will it pick some other starting point? Will we be seeing the famous sister vampires? Or will it focus solely on Dracula after his battles have begun? Only time will tell…