A new TV version of the classic horror story ‘Dracula’ is said to be in the works with ‘Sherlock’ writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat at the helm.
Gatiss – who is a major creative force behind ‘Doctor Who’ – and Moffat are siad to be working on a series of BBC specials set to air in 2019 based on the 1897 novel about the popular blood-thirsty count.
“It’s early days and the BBC has not seen a script yet but they are close to signing a deal for a series of 90-minute films of Dracula.
“It’s not yet been decided if it will be historical or modern day or if there will be a US co-producer but the BBC are keen on this and it will happen. What needs to be decided is how many episodes – whether there are three or five or six or whatever but they will definitely be 90-minute films.
“Production is at least a year away so it will probably be on screen in 2019 at the earliest,” a source told the Radio Times.
Gatiss is a fan of the 1958 Dracula movie starring Christopher Lee and voiced the part of Dracula in a recent audio drama, but it’s unlikely he will be cast in the titular role in the BBC production, according to insiders.
The source told the RadioTimes.com: “Casting is a long way off but the feeling is he probably won’t – but you never know.”
Moffat’s wife Sue Vertue, who also produces ‘Sherlock’, will produce ‘Dracula’ for Hartswood Films.
Meanwhile, ‘Sherlock’ last aired in January and fans will be dying to know where that leaves the detective series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and Gattiss as Sherlock’s brother.
The insider said: “‘Sherlock’ will return when ‘Sherlock’ returns.”
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