Dracula Drama Starring Tudors Alum Jonathan Rhys Meyers Ordered to Series at NBC

NBC has given the green light to Dracula, a drama series based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, with Tudors alum Jonathan Rhys Meyers tapped to play the titular bloodsucker.

The 10-episode show centers on the iconic vampire as he relocates to London in hopes of wreaking havoc on the Victorian society that centuries ago “ruined his life.” However, his quest for revenge hits a snag when he falls for a woman who appears to be the second coming of his long-deceased wife.

“It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns [and] the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” Universal Television Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria said Tuesday in a statement.

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Based on a script by co-EP Cole Haddon, the project — which has also been picked up by U.K.’s Sky Living — will be exec-produced by Tony Krantz (24), Colin Callender (HBO Films) and Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films & Television.

Production on Dracula is slated to begin later this year.

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  1. TivaNCIS says:

    Hmmmm…don’t know ….too many Vampire stuff everywhere but, this is based on a classic book not a teen books.

    • Olivia says:

      You’re right. I LOVE JRM, but I don’t see this working out

    • melinky says:

      I know what you mean. The storyline of vampire meets doppelgänger/second coming of former girlfriend/wife, sounds a bit like Vampire Diaries to me… However, as you pointed out, this is based on a classic book, not a teen book. I get so tired of television teens who live unsupervised lives, coming and going as they please, reporting to no one. Ugh. Maybe this will be different. I’m also relieved this won’t be on HBO, so it won’t be full of over-the-top, gratuitous sex and nudity.

      • melinky says:

        I should mention that I have no problem with a little sex and nudity, I just don’t like sex scenes thrown in just because they can, which is what HBO shows sometimes feel like.

  2. Michelle says:

    Excellent!! Something to look forward to inbetween seasons of “True Blood”!

  3. Locke says:

    Cannot wait to see this. LOVE JRM.

  4. ItzBee says:

    My body is ready.

  5. Chris says:

    Interesting….I think there is a glut of vampire stuff on Tv. But I’d tune in just to see JRM!

  6. No more vampire crap. There is enough as is.

  7. steve says:

    Steven S. DeKnight is also writing a Dracula series, right?

  8. scorpo says:

    The major problem is that this is the kind of show that belongs on cable, NOT NBC!

    • Khorrie says:

      The only reason it would need to be on “cable” would be for gratuitous sex, which I can do without. Given the blood and gore that gets a pass on “network” TV these days, I don’t think it will be hampered any.

      • RecceR says:

        While one may think the only reason a series belongs on cable is for adult content including “gratuitous sex,” that is wrong. Cable networks give shows, genre ones in particular, a much greater chance in surviving. Not to mention many are series that cater for very niche audiences that would not get good enough ratings for broadcast standards (Mad Men would have been cancelled quickly had it been on broadcast). Many viewers are not able to rely on tuning in at the exact same time each week, and then broadcast shows take random hiatuses during the season without any notice of return. Thankfully, cable networks understand their viewers and air every episode back-to-back, only taking hiatuses during the season if it’s longer than the usual 10-13 episodes. They also air several encores of the most recent episodes to air along with catch up marathons. So if you think about it, while the adult content would probably go up, the chances of it lasting past one or two seasons would be far greater on a cable network.

        • Khorrie says:

          Who says this is a “genre” show? Dracula is hardly a story known only to a niche audience. And while “cable” might be great for Americans, there are those of us out here who aren’t and don’t get your “cable” shows at the same time or sometimes even at all. Having it on a network means I can actually *watch it*.

  9. Cheryl David Bailey says:

    JRM ….Dracula . I’m dying to see that .

  10. Renee says:

    I would have said no, but I love this guy. That requires me to check it out.

  11. Patricia says:

    JRM will make a perfect Vampire he is so sexy he kinda looks like a vampire already lol he’s so sexual, definetly tuning in for this.

  12. Janice Mateo says:

    Loved JRM from THE TUDORS. I think he would make a great Dracula. Very sensual.

  13. dryedmangoez says:

    Well, if they were going to do it, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a good get. If it doesn’t work, it can be a nice 10-hour miniseries. If it does, then, congrats to NBC.

    Now I hope Mockingbird Lane gets off the ground too.

  14. “The 10-episode show centers on the iconic vampire as he relocates to London in hopes of wreaking havoc on the Victorian society that centuries ago “ruined his life.” However, his quest for revenge hits a snag when he falls for a woman who appears to be the second coming of his long-deceased wife.” isn’t that the plot of Dark Shadows? hahah.

  15. TheDude says:

    Screw Vamp Dracula. This show should be about Vlad Dracula. He’s way more badass.

  16. jane says:

    Maybe this will replace that friggin overly popular yet stupid Vampire Diaries.

    • Fran says:

      Not likely considering they are on two different networks- and sorry it’s stupid to you. Lots of people, including me, love it :)

      • Kat says:

        This is going to be a 10 episode show; it won’t “replace” anything because it won’t last that long.

        • Khorrie says:

          The Borgias was supposed to be a 10 episode show and it’s gone two seasons now. Camelot was also supposed to be 10 episodes – and it did only run 10 – but they were clearly angling for more given that it ended on a cliff hanger. If this does well in ratings, it’ll go longer than 10 episodes.

    • Al says:

      *pbbft* Teenagers,right?

  17. Jason says:

    Snap judgment: I’m in.

  18. Khorrie says:

    Wary, oh so wary, but I can’t say I’m not a tiny bit excited. This will either be amazing, or a trainwreck.

  19. Kalee says:

    NBC now has Grimm, Mockingbird Lane, Hannibal, and now Dracula. How very gothic of them lol. Interesting trend they’re going.

  20. mia says:

    This is going to be awesome. JRM was spectacular on The Tudors, if there was a man to breathe some fresh life into a tired vampire genre, its him. Wish the series was on cable though; NBC won’t let the show be as dark + sexy as it should be.

  21. Hmommy says:

    A classic is a classic. If it’s well-done, is not dumbed down and retains JRM I am totally in. Quality work will always stand out in a crowd.

  22. Nina says:

    I loved everything about this until I realized it’s on NBC.

  23. Isabelle says:

    I’m there, you had me at JRM and that picture up there is sinful! I’m so there! I cant wait to see it. I always watch the vamp shows and that started back with BTVS, not everyone’s love for vamps these days is twilight and TVD, some of are older and have a long time love of vamps, I know I do. Plus again JRM, this show could be about anything and I’d watch solely for him.

  24. Susy says:

    I say: Bring it on,NBC! Vamps and a sexy lead? Heck yeah!!!

  25. tvdiva says:

    This sounds like as steamy romance. I am there!

  26. Monica says:

    So Revenge meets the Vampire Diaries with Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Sounds fun.

  27. UNoriginal says:

    Really, yawn. Next…

  28. Elyse says:

    there can never be too many vampires… i’ll definitely watch :)

  29. Samantha says:

    What Elyse said. The more vampires the merrier. (especially when they look like JRM)

  30. Jenna says:

    I’m not really into any of the vampire shows on tv; but this has JRM, and it’s based on a classic, so I will give this one a look. Hope it draws me in.

  31. MGL says:

    Love him! Something to look forward to.

  32. The Critic says:

    This could be a great partner for Grimm…ditch Dateline on Fridays!

    • Fran says:

      No! I don’t think Friday would be a good way to start this show. Plus I love Dateline!

      • The Critic says:

        If this is a co-production like The Firm, then this show will most likely succeed with a Friday timeslot. Dateline could be transferred temporarily to Thursdays on Football season and Sundays after NFL…

        Just trying

  33. robbushblog says:

    I’m sure this will be another wussification of Dracula. A soulless, undead monster should not be falling in love with some beauty, but should instead be out for survival at all costs. I will not be watching this sappy, girly show about “Dracula”.

  34. Disastrous says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for vampires, especially gorgeous ones & This has been a dream of mine since the Tudors ended. To see more JRM & I think him as Dracula is enticing enough to keep me watching even if the show itself sucks.

  35. katy917 says:

    Having just studied Gothic for a full semester in uni, focusing on Dracula in particular, and writing an essay for which I got an A entitled Why Won’t The Vampire Lie Down, which traced the history of the vampire from le Fanu’s Cramilla and Polidori’s The Vampyre up to Tru Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, I can honestly say that the storyline sounds NOTHING like the original, Bram Stoker Dracula. nThose of you saying you’ll give it ago cuz it’s based on a classic, READ said classic! Then book is about xenophobia, the triumph of West vs East, sex and the advent of modern technology during the Industrial Revolution. He does not fall in love with someone who looks like his wife. He has three wives, the Brides. He has no love for any of them. And there is no ‘revenge’ storyline. So to me, this is just jumping on the band wagon for the sake of it with no intention of recreating the original storyline. I don’t see the point in that, I may as well just carry on with The Vampire Diaries, which this plot sounds too similar to for words. Before you know all the tweens are gonna be calling L J Smith a copycat, thinking she stole her ideas of Stoker, when the writers of this series have actually stolen ideas off her, from the description above.

    • Katherine says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to study “Gothic” considering that’s an adjective. Maybe you meant Gothic Literature and forgot the second word. The lack of punctuation in your comment (a trend I hope that you didn’t use in your essay) shows that your passionate about what you’re writing. I like that. I also think you make some really good points about future finger-pointing in regards to who came up with the idea of re-incarnation in the vampire myth first. Have you seen the movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula? It’s not a phenomenal film by any means, but I think that it’s something you might be interested in seeing before this show premieres.

  36. Tina Lewandowski says:

    How about JRM and Natalie Dormer as the reincarnated dead wife? I’m there anyway but that would be even better.

  37. Eliza says:

    I have missed JRM so much since The Tudors ended. He was amazing on that show and it was one of my favorites!

    Count me in as well….

  38. Velvet says:

    Count me in.

  39. robbushblog says:

    Are there any men interested in seeing this? Methinks, no.

  40. Whatever says:

    Loved JRM in the Tudors he would make a sexy Dracula. I’ll be tuning in.
    Cable would probably be better but whatever. Vampire Diaries does fine and it’s not on cable.

  41. Wow, that premise has less to do with Bram Stoker’s original book and more to do with ripping the plot line right out of Coppola’s crappy movie.

  42. Fi says:

    Yesssss, JRM as Dracula – I have to watch this!

  43. Katerina says:

    I am gonna love it !!!! he is a great actor :DD happy to see him in series again :D

  44. Ellie Roberts says:

    huggggeee fan of the bramstoker novel and jm is my all time fav actor so this too me is the most exciting thing!! but gary oldman did an amazing job lets hope jm does too iam sure he will though :) very excited to see him again on telly though eeekkk

  45. Sherri Davis says:

    I too am a big JRM fan and have faith, w/the talents that I know him to
    have, that it will be great. But w/the big sexy he has, I thought it
    could have a least been on FX (the network that takes risky chances).
    But it will be interesting seeing how NBC pulls this off, can’t wait!!

  46. He is only what??? 35? In 5 years he is going to regret having that moustache to make himself look older.

  47. Simone says:

    Jonathan is back. I love him. Suck my blood, Jonny.

  48. Tiffany says:

    omg, my dream has come true, Jonathan as a vampire, it doesn’t get any better then that, does it.

  49. Team Vamp says:

    Bring on the vampage. Been a vamp fan since the wonderful Mr Whedon turned me on to them in the late 90’s with Buffy, and I have to say I’m pretty happy that vamps appear to be “in” at the moment. Looking forward to the show.