When Sherlock first aired on BBC in 2010, it became a global phenomenon, catapulting Benedict Cumberbatch into stardom. According to Variety, the creators of the show are hoping to strike gold once again with another literary classic: Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt are developing a new take on the literary monster. They plan to adopt the same format that they used for Sherlock: very short seasons with extra-long episodes. It’s not clear if Gatiss and Moffatt will set the show in the modern day, or where the show will end up, but talks are reportedly underway with the BBC.
Like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula is a frequently adapted character: the vampire has been featured in hundreds of films and television shows, such as the 2014 film Dracula Untold, and NBC’s 2013 Victorian-set adaptation Dracula, which lasted for a single season.
Dracula has been adapted hundreds of times, and it’ll be in good company moving forward
If this particular project moves forward, it’ll be in good company as Universal Studios ramps up work on its own reboot of classic horror monsters, which kicked off recently with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy. That film is set to be followed in 2019 by a remake of Bride of Frankenstein, while the studio is developing remakes of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Van Helsing, Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, and of course, Dracula. Should the BBC end up with the show, it’ll be joined by another literary classic, an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, which is currently in production.