Hello again my Little Monsters, as you may have read in the title, it appears that a new Dracula series is in the works from the folks at the BBC (that’s The British Broadcasting Corporation to you and me, Rusty). After their monumentally successful modernization of the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary sleuth in the television series Sherlock, the writers and producers of the popular series are focusing their gaze on a new incarnation of Bram Stoker’s equally legendary “Prince of Darkness”.
Sherlock series writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will be on board again to handle writing duties, while Sue Vertue’s company Hartswood Films will handle all producorial aspects. This will be a reunion of sorts for Gattis and Moffat, who haven’t collaborated on a project since Series 4 of Sherlock.
Despite their present work on solo projects, Gatiss and Moffat have begun talks with the BBC on this new series. Granted, there will likely be no progress towards the pre-production stages, such as scripting and casting, until said projects have reached completion. So yes, this may be a bit of a waiting game, although hopefully not an incredibly long and excruciating one.
Frankly, I can’t wait to see who lands the title role, or for that matter – the supporting ones as well. Especially when one considers the incredible job that was done on the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as SherlockHiolmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. If they catch lightning in a bottle a second time with this new series, not only might the show be a hit, but the main cast could find their collective stars quickly rising.
As with Sherlock, Dracula will most likely have a limited run of three feature length episodes per series. Yet, there is no word on whether this “new incarnation” of Dracula necessarily means it will be similarly modernized as Sherlock was. But with Gattis’ self professed love of of Dracula, specifically the 1958 production starring screen legends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, it’s likely he will approach this version with the requisite passion and vision.
I am sorry that this is all the news on this upcoming series I have for you at present, my Little Monsters. But as is always the case, when we find out more, we will make our best effort to quickly pass it on to you. So as always, keep a weather eye out for any BBC related Dracula news that may be on the horizon.