A few weeks ago, Mark Gatiss confirmed that he was working on something "juicy" with his Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat and jested that the two of them can't have a conversation without generating ideas for new TV shows. Well, one of those conversations has officially spawned a brand new series as the writing duo are in the early stages of developing a fresh take on Bram Stoker's Dracula
The as yet untitled series is expected to follow the same mini-series format comprised of three feature-length episodes as Sherlock. It remains unclear if Dracula will follow Sherlock and be a modern day reworking, but should they opt for a present day setting it does leave the door open for period set flashbacks.
Before he took over as Doctor Who, Steven Moffat created a marvelous modern day reworking of Jekyll and Hyde with James Nesbit in the titular role. Eagle-eyed viewers would have spotted a brief cameo from Mark Gatiss as Jekyll and Hyde authour Robert Louise Stevenson. So, when it comes to updating beloved horror stories for a new generation, Moffat knows what he's doing. As for Mr. Gatiss, his love of all things horror is well known, and I would urge you to seek out his thrilling documentary series A History of Horror.
The last time a Dracula-themed TV series was made was back in 2013 with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the infamous Count. Despite a lavish budget and starry cast, the series was cancelled after just one season of ten episodes. For a recent example of a mighty fine adaptation of Dracula, you only have to look at the outstanding third and final season of Penny Dreadful. It makes me genuinely sad that we might never see Timothy Dalton battle supernatural forces again.
Steven Moffat is about to step down from his duties on Doctor Who after more than seven years as the head writer. The Moff has been a part of Doctor Who since its revival in 2005, he penned the first episodes that introduced Captain Jack Harkness, frightened a generation with The Weeping Angels in Blink, and he also introduced Professor River Song into the mythology by writing her first two part story. Moffat and Peter Capaldi will bid farewell to the TARDIS with a final festive special set to air on Christmas Day. Before that happens, John Simm is back as The Master for the two-part season ten finale.
Moffat and Gatiss are currently working on solo projects, but talks with the BBC are going well, and tentative plans for Dracula will likely be put in place in the coming weeks.