The creative minds behind the BBC hit series, Sherlock, will be teaming up once again for a reincarnation of another classic period piece. This time they’ve got their sights set on Dracula. Sherlock‘s writer/creator team of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series, and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films will produce.
The project is still in its early stages, with no script written as of yet, so we’re nowhere near casting information at this time. That being said, Steven Moffat – who also reinvigorated the seminal Doctor Who series – has a keen eye for casting. Sherlock catapulted Benedict Cumberbatch into stardom, and Doctor Who did no small favours for actors like David Tennant, Karen Gillan, and Christopher Eccleston.
Dracula will use the same format as Sherlock, meaning that we’ll have a miniseries of full-length episodes. There’s no word on the era at this time, so we can’t say if it will be modernized or period-specific. As much as I love a good cloak-and-dagger period aesthetic, it would be pretty fun to see Dracula take on the modern age.
As reported by Variety,
Work on the new series has yet to begin in earnest, as Gatiss and Moffat are currently working on solo projects. But talks are already underway with the BBC – which enjoyed huge success with “Sherlock” – on broadcast rights in the U.K.
Dracula was written by Bram Stoker in 1897. It has been the subject of countless (see what I did there) retellings and adaptations for film, stage and screen. With the heavyweight team of Gatiss and Moffat behind the helm, perhaps this version will get the same wild fan base that they built around Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works.
If you’re familiar with Sherlock at all, you can see bits and pieces of their interest in classic horror, like in the episode The Hounds of Baskerville. They’re also masters of tension, which should definitely pay off for Dracula. Overall, it’s clear that they care a great deal about their source material, so I personally won’t take this one lightly.