Bram Stoker's Dracula is coming to the small screen courtesy of Netflix and the BBC. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the duo behind BBC's Sherlock, is behind the upcoming adaptation. The miniseries will be aired in three movie-sized, 90-minute installments, which makes it more like a trilogy of prestige TV movies. According to the press release, the series will take on "the vampire who made evil sexy." So, this should be interesting.
Dracula will air on BBC One in the U.K. and will stream on Netflix outside of the U.K. and Ireland. However, those in China appear to be out of luck at the present time, as the streaming service currently isn't available there. Moffat and Gatiss had this to say about their upcoming series in a joint statement.
"There have always been stories about great evil. What's special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero."
Steven Moffat was very busy between his duties on Sherlock and Doctor Who over the course of the last decade or so. However, now that he's moved on from the beloved sci-fi series, he and Mark Gatiss had time to cook this up. Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, had this to say about the new Dracula series in a statement.
"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."
Bram Stoker's beloved novel, which is considered one of the definitive takes on vampire lore, has been adapted plenty of times in the past. The first licensed movie production was 1931's Dracula. That was preceded by Nosferatu in 1922, though, that take wasn't authorized by the Stoker estate and the author's widow even tried to have the movie removed from circulation as a result. Perhaps the most well-known take for modern audiences was done in 1992 by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie was received quite well and featured Oscar-winner Gary Oldman in the titular role, with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins also featured in the cast. Larry Tanz, VP of content acquisition at Netflix, had this to say about the series.
"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."
At the present time, there is no indication as to who may be cast as Dracula in this new take. Not for nothing, but Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are pretty tight with both Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. Currently, there is no word on when Dracula will premiere, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as any key details on the miniseries are revealed by Netflix streaming and/or the BBC.