Moffat & Gatiss ressurect Dracula for TV

Joe Holloran outlines his predictions regarding the latest adaptation of Bram Stoker's vampire, from the creators of Sherlock.

Joe Holloran
21st February 2019
Television writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have, both alone and as a duo, contributed to some of the greatest British small-screen experiences of the last two decades. Moffat is perhaps best known as a writer and later show-runner on Doctor Who, creating the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors and scripting some of the revived series most beloved episodes.
Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss. Image:IMDB

Gatiss as one third of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, alongside Inside No.9 pair Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, created the self-titled show which over three years provided audiences with some of the best dark-comedy and disturbing characters ever seen on British TV.

Moffat and Gatiss first collaborated together in 2010, when they dragged the tired detective-drama format into the 21st century by co-creating and co-writing the acclaimed BBC show Sherlock. The pair have now announced that they have joined forces once again to bring one of popular culture’s most revered characters to life. The one and only original 'Prince of Darkness' - Count Dracula.

The three episode mini-series will not air until the end of 2019 or within the first few months of next year, but some details have already been revealed. The latest media adaption of the 1897 story by Bram Stoker will likely be structured in a similar way to Sherlock, with a new episode airing each week, rather than an all-in-one streaming release.

This is a match made in Hell that will feel like heaven.

Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will return to the BBC in this collaberation with Gatiss. Image:IMDB

Little is known casting wise beyond the revelation that the Vampire Count himself will be played by Danish actor Claes Bang (The Square, The Girl In The Spiders Web) and this time the Count will be the central character of the show, rather than being the shadowy villain of the piece as has been the case so many times before. Gatiss himself has said that the show is '"His story". Also, given how they brought the story of Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century many fans were curious if they would do the same with the famous blood-sucker. Moffat was quick to put these rumours to bed however when he stated that the show will stick closely to the original book and its Victorian timeline. It will be fascinating to see the pair bring the same visual style and aesthetic detail that created the world of Sherlock and apply it to the dark, brooding mountains of Transylvania and murk of Victorian London's streets.

Fans’ expectations are already growing for the series and it is easy to see why given the pairs previous experience. Moffat spent years creating fantastical settings during his stint on Doctor Who and has already proven his ability to successfully adapt a Gothic classic for the small screen with Jekyll (2007). Within Mark Gatiss he has a partner with an encyclopaedic knowledge of, and appreciation for, what well-crafted horror can achieve. This is a match made in Hell that will feel like heaven. The series debut can't come soon enough.

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