The new Dracula TV series, from Sherlock creators and Doctor Who alumni Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, has been officially announced by the BBC and Netflix.
The series will consist of three 90-minute episodes, just like Sherlock, and it will air on BBC One in the UK and Netflix everywhere else. The two companies will co-produce the series together.
The Beeb’s official press bumf says this about the plot:
“Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
Moffat and Gatiss released this joint statement:
“There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
The BBC’s controller of drama, Piers Wenger, said this:
“Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”
And Sue Vertue, who is set executive produce the series through Hartswood Films, added this:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be back at the BBC, and also delighted that Netflix are coming on board with Dracula. There’s nothing like fresh blood.”
We have a lot of excited statements, then, basically. But we don’t have a cast list or a release date, or any idea of a production schedule.
As we hear more, though, we’ll be sure to let you know.