Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are set to commence work on another project together, following on from their hugely successful collaboration on the series Sherlock. The pair will bring us Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the 1897 Gothic horror novel that first introduced the now cult vampire.
Gatiss, who appeared as Mycroft as well as being a creative force behind the series, and Moffat, who is most notably known for his work on Dr Who, are both currently working on solo projects. However, the pair, along with producer Hartswood Films, are currently in talks with the BBC to bring the classic to a new audience in their own inimitable style.
This will mean the series will be another miniseries with full feature length episodes. And if Sherlock is anything to go by, this format may also entail a long wait in between seasons as was seen with Sherlock.
The series is credited with helping Benedict Cumberbatch on his rise to now international stardom, as well as cementing co-star Martin Freeman as a household name. As for casting of this series, that is still yet to be determined as the scripts have not been written, but we would be interested to hear who you think could be cast as the hero and narrator, Johnathon Harker and his fiancee Mina Murray, as well as the titular Dracula. It also remains to be seen whether the series stays in its classical late 19th century setting or gets a total revamp and brings it right into the 21st century.
The series will be the first time Gatiss and Moffat have collaborated since the last episode of Sherlock, which aired back in January in the UK. The pair have said that at this time they have no plans to write a new episode of the hit series, but they haven’t ruled it out altogether at a later date.
There have been countless cinema and television adaptations of the story, first penned by Irish born Stoker to supplement his income as the manager of London’s Lyceum Theatre. The iconic role was first bought to screen by Bela Lugosi and has been played by actors such as Peter Cushing, Gary Oldman and Luke Evans in various versions of the un-dead blood sucking creature. The 1921 version of the story, Nosferatu, was never an authorised one and as such the names have been changed although the story is the same for the most part.
We will be keeping our eyes on this one.