Dracula TV Series Steven Moffat Mark Gatiss

New Dracula TV Series in the Works From Sherlock, Doctor Who Team

The men behind the recent Sherlock and Doctor Who revivals are about to resurrect another iconic character.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are developing a new Dracula TV series, according to our sister site Variety, and teaming up again with Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films to produce. Talks are currently underway with the BBC to air the series in the UK; no word yet on which network might air it in the U.S., although PBS, the home of Sherlock, is a likely candidate.

Dracula, of course, is the prototypical vampire story, based on the Bram Stoker novel about a blood-sucking gentleman from Transylvania who moves to England to locate new victims. It’s been the inspiration for countless films and TV shows, including a short-lived 2013-14 NBC version starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

It’s very early in the development process of the new Dracula series — Moffat and Gatiss haven’t even started writing the scripts yet — so casting for the titular vampire is still to come, and it’s not known yet if it’ll take place in modern times, a la Sherlock. But the format will mirror Sherlock‘s, with short seasons of feature-length episodes.

Moffat executive-produced six seasons of the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who, and teamed with Gatiss to create the Emmy-winning Sherlock revival, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Sherlock‘s status is currently up in the air, with no word yet on a possible fifth season.

Would the team behind Sherlock get you to tune into a new Dracula? And who should play the iconic bloodsucker? Sink your teeth into the comments.

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25 Comments
  1. Anne says:

    Gatiss, yes. He’s talented and knows what he’s doing. Moffat, no. The man hasn’t had an original idea in decades, can’t write female characters, and wouldn’t know how to pace a drama if it came up and bit him in the face.

    • Temperance says:

      I don’t find any of that to be true, aside from, yes, being weaker at his *strong* female characters.

  2. Rex the Wonder Dog says:

    The 2013 Dracula wasn’t too bad, but by the end of the season they had killed almost everyone interesting so I’m not sure what was left for the story. It was sort of an odd take though, setting it in the 19th century but turning Dracula into a eco-warrior.

  3. maggie says:

    “The men behind the recent Sherlock and Doctor Who revivals are about to resurrect another iconic character.”

    Both men are behind the recent Sherlock revival, and have done a great job. But Doctor Who was revived by Russell T. Davies, and Moffat took over when Davies left after 5 years. Gatiss has written nine episodes for Doctor Who, two for Davies and seven for Moffat. Gatiss also guest starred during Davies’ tenure.

  4. Joey says:

    Just get Logan’s permission to do season four of Penny Dreadful instead.

  5. Mike says:

    I think the biggest question is, cape or no cape?

  6. sherry says:

    Would love to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers portray Dracula again. He made him “real”.

    • N!loofar says:

      YES! He was very good, different from boring AF vampire castings on other shows. Grown up vampire not this highschool looking generic vampires on everyshow.

    • Erika Hotz Patti says:

      It would be wonderful to be able to see the work of Jonathan Rhys Meyers again, he is a masterpiece, and perfect for this role ….

  7. M says:

    Could also be on BBCA, of course.

  8. Arien says:

    great, finally someone to tackle a vampire story … oh, wait. (and a tenner on Andrew Scott to play Dracula)

  9. Corky says:

    I’ve come to realize that the big flat thing in the family room is actually a recycling apparatus. Sigh.

  10. Veronica says:

    I’d like to see Andrew Scott playing the main character! He could be the perfect Dracula!

  11. Jeb says:

    I really like Sherlock, I liked Jekyll. Besides, I would have liked a sequel. But I am tired of the relentless reinterpretations all over the world. What are they going to propose? the invisible Man? the three Musketeers? Romeo and Juliet?

  12. SV says:

    Seriously? Do people watch Dracula stuff?

  13. Janice Allen says:

    Be careful of these 2. They have the ability to b excellent writers but have no insight into the characterization of women using them only as plot devices. Men dont fare that well either esp if there is a hint of homosexuality. Gaybaiting is their speciality. Dracula will b perfect – homoeroic themes w victim women.

  14. Blakewater says:

    I don’t really get along with Dr Who and Sherlock. People talk about plots developing from one season to the next and clues planted, I get the impression people see things that aren’t there and pretend to know what’s going on because they don’t want to be seen as too stupid to understand something that pretends to be clever. These shows survive on that mentality. They pretend to be clever and people who want to be seen as clever say they’re fans of them and give them awards.

  15. Mary Pumphrey says:

    I would like too see Jonathen Rhys Meyers cast as the new Dracula in your tv series. He is a superb Dracula. He naturally looks the part. His acting talent is magically stunning.