Betting that we'll never tire of sultry vampires, NBC announced today that it was giving a ten-episode straight-to-series order to "Dracula," with "The Tudors" and "Velvet Goldmine" star Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role.
The US/UK co-production is a loose take on Bram Stoker's novel, starting in 1896 as the bloodsucking count "arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There's only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife."
Oh, those ghostly wives, always gumming up the works!
"Dracula," which will begin shooting later this year, was written by Cole Haddon and is being produced by Carnival Films & Television, who also did "Downton Abbey." NBC's also developing "Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" and has "Silence of the Lambs" prequel series "Hannibal" in the works, so someone over there obviously likes monsters, human and otherwise.
Starz recently announced that it was developing a period vampire drama of its own -- J. Michael Straczynski's "Vlad Dracula," which will blend historical facts about Vlad III with details about the fictional Dracula.