There are probably two characters from English literature who have appeared in more movies and TV shows than any other: Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula. It’s fitting then that the team behind the highly-popular BBC version of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are now setting their sights on Transylvania. Steven Moffit and Mark Gatiss are now working on Dracula, a new series based on the Bram Stoker novel that will be released through the BBC and Netflix.
According to Variety, Moffit and Gatiss started working on the series last year. Set in 1897, the series will follow the famed vampire as he travels to London in search of fresh blood, and maybe a little romance. Like Sherlock, the series will unfold in three 90-minute installments per season, and while BBC will broadcast in the U.K., Netflix will get international distribution. There’s not yet any word on casting, or when, exactly, the show might debut.
“We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC,” Larry Tanz, VP of content acquisition at Netflix, said in a statement. BBC director of content Charlotte Moore called the deal “unmissable event television on BBC One.”
In recent years, Dracula has been seen in the 2013 NBC series of the same name starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and from the producers of Downton Abbey. It was cancelled after one season. In film, there was Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans, which was supposed to kick off the Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, but was only a middling hit.
Gatiss and Moffit, meanwhile, have also previously collaborated on Doctor Who.
And since the pair have experience crossing universes, can we suggest that a crossover is order? There is the 1978 novel by Loren D. Estleman called The Adventures of the Sanguinary Court, where Holmes and Dracula crossed paths. So there may be a chance…
In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted with any new developments about this new incarnation of Dracula.