New Dracula series on its way
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to play the titular vamp in NBC and Sky Living’s 10-episode Dracula adaptation
In the year that sees The Twilight Saga finally draw to a close, you might say that NBCUniversal and Sky Living’s hop onto the vamp bandwagon is a bit, er, dilatory. That said, interest in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula has never really waned, so now probably seems as good a time as any to produce a new TV adaptation.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) will be playing the lead role, and the series will reportedly kick off with Drac's arrival in 1890s London rather than Jonathan Harker’s journey to the Count's distant castle. In this incarnation, Dracula is posing as an American entrepreneur seeking to bring modern technology to Victorian England, all the while planning to wreak revenge on the descendants of his former enemies. Sounds like a good few departures have been taken from the novel, then.
Dracula comes based on a script by comic book writer Cole Haddon (The Strange Case of Mr Hyde), that’s been described as “…dark, twisted and intelligent” by Sky’s Head of Drama. The series is co-produced by NBCUniversal and Sky Living, and due to go into production later this year.
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