Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Sherlock team to tackle Dracula series for Netflix

Sherlock team to tackle Dracula series for Netflix

And be warned: the dead travel fast. The Transylvanian nobleman, who also happens to be a vampire, is one of the most popular characters in pop culture history, appearing in movies without Christopher Lee (most memorably in 1931's Dracula, 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the current Hotel Transylvania series), movies with Christopher Lee (see: Hammer Film Productions), and, uh, cereal boxes (Count Chocula). The closest thing we get to a plot synopsis comes from Gatiss: "There have always been stories about great evil".

Sue Vertue, exec producer at Hartswood Films who has worked with the pair on Sherlock, added: "We are absolutely thrilled to be back at the BBC, and also delighted that Netflix are coming on board with Dracula".

"We're not modernizing it or anything, but we are doing a version of Dracula".

It isn't particularly news to excite the masses-the last two series of Sherlock (series 4 in particular) were not received well by fans or critics.

Wenger said, "Steven and Mark's ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling". She said, "Genius duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss turn their attentions to Dracula for unmissable event television on BBC One".

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"Dracula" marks another collaboration between Moffat and Gatiss after they combined efforts on episodes on Hartswood-produced "Sherlock".

Of course, this isn't the first time the classic vampire tale has been adapted for television.

More recently, NBC attempted to bring the blood-sucker to TV in stylistic fashion with the single-season 2013 Dracula series, which starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers. On the bright side, at least it isn't the Dark Universe. Moffat previously took on classic horror in 2007, when he wrote the series Jekyll Gatiss even personally played Dracula in a full-cast audio play from Big Finish in 2016.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: (L-R) Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman attend a screening of the Sherlock 2016 Christmas Special at Ham Yard Hotel on December 19, 2016 in London, England.

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