Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will be reuniting to adapt Bram Stoker's Dracula for the small screen. RadioTimes has confirmed that the pair are creating a new version of the classic vampire tale. Moffat had expressed interest in working with Gatiss again outside of Sherlock explaining, "That is because I love him." It appears that this collaboration will come in the form of Dracula.
The BBC is finalizing the deal and hopes to green-light the project for airing in 2019. Speaking with RadioTimes, a source in the production said, "It’s early days and the BBC has not seen a script yet but they are close to signing a deal for a series of 90-minute films of Dracula." Moffat and Gatiss are expected to start on the Dracula script after finishing their individual projects.
No details could be confirmed, by said source, other than the episode length:
It’s not yet been decided if it will be historical or modern day or if there will be a US co-producer but the BBC are keen on this and it will happen. What needs to be decided is how many episodes – whether there are three or five or six or whatever but they will definitely be 90-minute films.
Several new Dracula films sounds appealing, but may be a concern for some since there is only one story to draw from. Not to mention, recent Dracula adaptions have been less than satisfying. Dracula Untold hit theaters in 2014 earning a 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers starred in a failed Dracula series for NBC the year before. However, both these adaptions had different takes on the classic story that just didn't land with audiences. The Sherlock creators have shown they know how to adapt 19th Century literature, so they have earned my trust, and I can't wait to see what they produce.
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