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Old June 20th, 2017, 09:01 AM #1
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Dracula (BBC and Netflix)

The Sherlock team are reuniting on a new version of the classic horror story Dracula, RadioTimes.com can confirm.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are due to begin work on a series of BBC specials based on the classic 1897 novel by Bram Stoker in which the bloodthirsty count moves from Transylvania to England.

The Corporation is finalising talks with the pair and is poised to green-light the project which is likely to air in 2019.

The new Dracula series has not yet been written and Gatiss and Moffat will begin working on the scripts once they have both completed their own solo projects – details of which have not been confirmed.

Sherlock producer – and Moffat's wife – Sue Vertue will produce Dracula for Sherlock production house Hartswood Films.

“It’s early days and the BBC has not seen a script yet but they are close to signing a deal for a series of 90-minute films of Dracula,” said a senior production source.

“It’s not yet been decided if it will be historical or modern day or if there will be a US co-producer but the BBC are keen on this and it will happen. What needs to be decided is how many episodes – whether there are three or five or six or whatever but they will definitely be 90-minute films.

"Production is at least a year away so it will probably be on screen in 2019 at the earliest.”

Dracula will be the first collaboration between Moffat and Gatiss since the last Sherlock episode aired in January – and the pair have made no secret of their desire to work together again.

Moffat first revealed his desire to collaborate with Gatiss again post-Sherlock at the Radio Times Covers Party earlier this year, saying: "That is because I love him".

Gatiss has often spoken of his fondness for the Dracula story – particularly the 1958 film starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing – and even played the title role himself in a recent audio drama, but it currently seems unlikely that he will take on the part of the Count in the new version, according to sources.


“Casting is a long way off but the feeling is he probably won’t – but you never know,” said a BBC source.

The producers will be hoping for more success with this project than the version of Dracula made by Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films in 2013 starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The ten-episode run aired on NBC and Sky Living in the UK and was axed after one series.
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-...ake-of-dracula

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Old June 20th, 2017, 09:10 AM #2
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This is one of the greatest ideas ever. I feel like they could actually make Dracula scary again.

...Now I need to get caught up on Sherlock.
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"Universal's bringing back Dracula."
"So Dracula's cool again? Let's do it too!"

That said, I'm already sure the BBC will do him actual justice.
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I love the sound of this. I finally got caught up with Sherlock. Regardless of how many eps I hope it doesn't suffer the same airing gaps that Sherlock has. I'm torn at what period id love to see this. I guess ultimately I'd choose modern day since Sherlock has worked so well in it. Who could you guys see take the lead?
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I love the sound of this. I finally got caught up with Sherlock. Regardless of how many eps I hope it doesn't suffer the same airing gaps that Sherlock has. I'm torn at what period id love to see this. I guess ultimately I'd choose modern day since Sherlock has worked so well in it. Who could you guys see take the lead?
With Moffat leaving DW at least he'll have more time to focus on one series at a time, so maybe it'll work out.
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My first and completely fan boy reaction...
Cool, maybe now we can get a show Doctor Who can crossover with.
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My first and completely fan boy reaction...
Cool, maybe now we can get a show Doctor Who can crossover with.
''It's all running about, sexy fish vampires...''
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''It's all running about, sexy fish vampires...''
DW itself is all over the place with regards to vampires and what they are. Add to that the many examples of the Doctor saying something is false or doesn't exist and being proven wrong.
Way more than enough wiggle room for these shows to exist together.
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DW itself is all over the place with regards to vampires and what they are. Add to that the many examples of the Doctor saying something is false or doesn't exist and being proven wrong.
Way more than enough wiggle room for these shows to exist together.
I was just being funny, I know there's also legit vampires in Doctor Who stretching back to the classic era. The Time Lords were once at war with the forces of the ''Great Vampire''
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I wonder who will play Dracula in this new take.
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This is one of the greatest ideas ever. I feel like they could actually make Dracula scary again.
Has Dracula ever really been scary? Intimidating, yes, but evoking any sort of visceral reaction?
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I wonder who will play Dracula in this new take.
After seeing the first Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr., I always thought that Mark Strong might make an interesting Dracula....
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I could definitely see that being an excellent choice, mark strong as Dracula.
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Moffat is keen to start writing the show in "January-ish" once Gatiss is available

http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a8...es-start-2018/
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Both BBC and Netflix will carry the series

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/dra...ix-1202980152/

The series will take place in 1897 and the first series will consist of three 90 minute episodes like Sherlock
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Claes Bang has been cast as Dracula

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/11...s-bang-series/
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Am I the only scared that the show will be too popular and thus require a second(and further) seasons that either stretch the story out longer than needed or just add entirely new story to Dracula that probably won't work out? Basically I'm saying I'm excited for this, but I hope it's a one season thing.
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Cameron Samurai wrote: View Post

Claes Bang has been cast as Dracula

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/11...s-bang-series/
He definitely looks the part.
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or just add entirely new story to Dracula that probably won't work out?
After NBC screwed up Dracula, I can't imagine they'd try that angle again.
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Been dying for a good Dracula tale and I’m a fan of the Moff, so I’ll give this a shot.
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