You know, it's been a pretty good week to be Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti. "The Men of 1000 Shows" learned that The CW renewed Riverdale for a fifth season, and gave Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene an order for 13 additional scripts. On top of that, Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set to drop the official trailer for Part 3, set to premiere later this month. We can now add ABC to Aguirre-Sacasa and Berlanti's list of television conquests, with the network giving a pilot order for Bram Stoker's Dracula-based family drama-thriller The Brides.
Created by Aguirre-Sacasa and originally developed in 2015 for NBC, The Brides is being described as a sexy contemporary reimagining of Dracula. The drama revolves around a trio of powerful female leads and features strong horror elements. ABC sees the series as a "vampire soap" about empowered, immortal women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their nontraditional family.
The series will take its inspiration from the infamous "Brides of Dracula" found in Stoker's novel as well as in some television and film adaptations. Aguirre-Sacasa will write and executive produce, with Maggie Kiley (Riverdale, American Horror Story) set to direct the pilot and executive produce – alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions. The Brides will be a co-production between ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Television, where both Aguirre-Sacasa and Berlanti are under rich overall deals.