The Orphanage’s JA Bayona To Direct Sam Mendes And John Logan’s Penny Dreadful – UPDATED

penny dreadfulThe next collaboration between Skyfall‘s Sam Mendes and John Logan is to be Penny Dreadful, a victorian era “erotic horror” show for Showtime.

I had been assuming that Mendes would direct, at least the pilot episode, even while I posted story upon story about how busy he is, and how much busier he’s about to be.

And meanwhile, The Orphanage‘s Juan Antonio Bayona quite openly told the world that he was getting set to work on the show, and his announcement slipped right by me.

With The Orphanage and The Impossible, Bayona already has a pair of fine pictures in the bank. I’m a little surprised, perhaps, that his next move is into TV. Maybe that’s just because I’m an old man now.

Not a great deal is known about Penny Dreadful so far but it was announced that the characters will be borrowed from classics of horror and gothic literature. Expect to see Dr. Jekyl rubbing shoulders with Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray galavanting with Van Helsing.

It’s all going to be set in London and Showtime’s David Nevins described the show as “wholly original,” promising “visual spectacle combined with.. psychological insight.”

It’s not clear how many episodes Bayona will direct. I expect that the pilot is his, though, and maybe many more. John Logan is apparently going to be writing every last page of the series’ scripts himself.

UPDATE: On June 18th, Showtime announced that Bayona will direct the first two episodes. We don’t yet know who will direct the other six.

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