Dracula is one of those timeless stories. Being in print since 1897, Bram Stoker’s story of the Count has been told in many different ways and I still cannot get enough. From Bela Lugosi’s excellent portrayal to Keanu Reeves interesting accent, the story is timeless. But a new trailer has dropped and it looks like a new chapter is about to be told coming from the creators of the hit television show, Sherlock.
The teaser trailer looks like it will have a very dark telling of the story of Count Dracula. Not much is shown except for small shots of stakes, bloody bodies, nuns, screams and terrifying sights to behold. The only real dialogue through the whole teaser is Count Dracula looking at a victim and saying “Try and stay calm, you’re doing very well.” Not sure about the context but I can only guess.
The new series which will be premiering on BBC is going to be a three part miniseries running a total of 4 hours and 30 minutes. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the co creators of the hit BBC television series Sherlock, have decided to take their Dracula in a different direction than the traditional story. They want to make him the main character and “the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence”. Count me in on that. I would love to see Dracula upfront doing what he does best instead of always second fiddle in the story.
Dracula stars Claes Bang (The Affair), John Heffernan (The Crown), Dolly Wells (Doll & Em) and Joanna Scanlan (Getting On). Jonny Campbell (Westworld), Damon Thomas (Killing Eve) and Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) will be directing.
There is no official release date but we know it will air on BBC as well as Netflix in the United States.
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