From the creative team that brought you Sherlock, the BBC now presents its new mini-series Dracula. Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss and Sue Virtue took to the stage at MCM Comic Con London this weekend to talk about their new show, which puts a modern spin on the age-old legend of the famous vampire. They were joined by lead actor Claes Bang, the Count himself.
At the start of the panel, the creators presented the audience with an exclusive look at the Draculatrailer, and boy, is it dark. If you expected blood, gore and violence, well then you would be correct. One might even go as far as saying this series is pure horror.
“It was a prerequisite from the beginning”, said Steven Moffatt. “I always thought Dracula was a wonderfully weird book. There’s a lot of strange things in there and I am very proud of the fact that our version is also just very weird. There’s some proper shocks and disturbingly strange stuff in there”.
Watch the terrifying trailer below:
With a subject as exhausted as vampires, Draculahad to find a way to stand out from the crowd. For one, this Dracula is a lot more than just a broody bloodsucker. “He is funny and he’s sexy”, said Sue Virtue. Claes Bang added that in the end, the series is really about the Count’s needs: “In the end, what does Dracula want? He wants something to eat and someone to talk about”.
And possibly the biggest differences between the series and previous incarnations of the Count is that he won’t just be a background presence, but a lot more present. He is essentially “the hero of his own story” as per Mark Gatiss. He also becomes “the moral centre” of the series, or rather the lack thereof, so Moffat. Bang added that they have “found a voice and a language for him that he’s not really had before” and they “tried doing something more with him”.
The mini-series will contain three feature-length episode (and therefore follow theSherlockformat), and, in addition to Bang stars Dolly Wells, Joanna Scanlan, Morfydd Clark, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Jonathan Aris, Lyndsey Marshal, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard and Lydia West.
A release date for Dracula has not yet been announced, but the mini-series will air on BBC One.
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