The project will also see the BBC and Netflix collaborating
‘Sherlock’ creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have been commissioned to create a new ‘Dracula’ TV series.
The show will feature three, ninety-minute episodes and will be inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic novel. The new show will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a joint co-production between BBC One and Netflix.
In a press release, the series is described as “re-introducing the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy.”
It adds: “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
In a joint statement, Moffat and Gatiss said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “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.”
Meanwhile, Mark Gatiss admitted last year that Sherlock might never return, blaming the difficulty of getting stars Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on set at the same time.
“I honestly don’t know if there will be any more. It’s incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin’s diaries to align,” he told The Sun.
“And obviously we left it in a very happy place… if that’s the end I’d be very happy where we left it.”
The new Dracula series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK. No official date has yet been set for release.