The future of Universal’s “Dark Universe” franchise is currently uncertain following the lukewarm release of The Mummy in theaters; but fans of one of the most popular classic monsters may soon be able to get their fix on the small screen! Variety reports that the team behind the hit BBC series, Sherlock, are reuniting to develop a television series based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The series will follow Sherlock’s pattern of a collection of feature-length episodes making up a larger miniseries run.
Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series. Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films will produce the series, and international partners to share in production duties will be announced in the future. The creators are currently in talks with BBC for broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom.
Sherlock was universally praised by fans and critics for its intelligent and engaging storytelling; and it served as a stepping stone for its stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, to move on to starring roles in massive and lucrative Hollywood blockbuster films. Hopefully the casting of characters for Dracula will have as great of an impact on the franchise and on the industry as its predecessor did.
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on the new Dracula television series as they break!