Because “The King of the Vampires” fears sunlight, garlic, crosses and a month going-by without another reboot of his backstory, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is getting Sherlock-ized , as writers/producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat reunite for a different spin on the classic vampire novel. Variety reports that Gatiss and Moffat will serve as writers on the series, with Sue Vertue/Hartswood Films producing.
Casting/production decisions on Dracula are still awhile off due to Gatiss’ and Moffat’s commitments to other projects, although it’s expected that the series will adhere to the same format as Sherlock with a “miniseries season” of three to five feature-length episodes. No decision has been announced as to whether Dracula will have a modern-day British setting similar to Sherlock or be established in the novel’s 1897 time period (though Gatniss has discussed his love of classic horror films, particularly the 1958 Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing version of Dracula.
Dracula will stand as the first collaboration between Moffat and Gatiss since the most recent episode of Sherlock aired in Britain in January 2017. While they’ve both been quoted as saying that there is nothing currently planned for Sherlock, they haven’t ruled-out returning to the series for further adventures in the future. Moffat served as a writer and executive producer over six seasons of the BBC’s Doctor Who before stepping down from the sci-fi series and handing the reigns to Chris Chibnall. Along with making his reputation as a screenwriter, Gatiss is also an actor who has starred in a number of series including Game of Thrones and Sherlock (where he played Mycroft, brother to Sherlock Holmes).
The Moffat/Gatiss “Dracula”will be following-up on another recent attempt to bring the horror novel to the small screen. NBC and Downton Abbey producers Carnival developed a version of Dracula with Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing the novel’s titular character. The series premiered in 2013 and lasted for only one season.