‘Sherlock’ Creators Bringing ‘Dracula’ to the Small Screen

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, the brilliant minds who gave us Sherlock, are bringing the same treatment to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

The project is in the very early stages of development, as Moffat wraps up his tenure on Doctor Who. Gatiss has also served as a writer on Doctor Who.

Dracula is a Gothic horror novel written by Bram Stoker in 1897. It tells the story of the eponymous vampire who makes his way from Transylvania to England with plans to spread his undead curse. The novel has been adapted and interpreted countless times for the theater, film, and television.

More recently, Count Dracula was unsuccessfully brought to the big screen in the 2014 flick Dracula Untold. The movie was meant to pave the way for a Universal Monster cinematic universe. Universal Studios is going at it again with the ‘Dark Universe,’ recently announcing Dracula as part of their roster once more.

This new Dracula will use the same format as Sherlock, releasing as a miniseries-length run of feature-length episodes. Whether this version will bring the iconic bloodsucker to modern times or remain in the Victorian era remains to be seen. The former seems likely, however, as Moffat famously adapted two 19th century literary characters (Sherlock Holmes and Henry Jekyll) for the present day.

Sherlock, which aired its fourth series earlier this year, was a huge success around the globe. It also propelled its leads, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, to international stardom.

There are no plans for the fifth series of Sherlock at the moment, as both Cumberbatch and Freeman’s slates are a bit full. However, Moffat and Gatiss have not ruled out the possibility of eventually returning to the show.

Are you excited to see a Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss adaptation of Dracula? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Michael Fromm
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Michael E. Fromm is an all-around scrivener, writing screenplays (short and feature), short stories, novels, poetry, blogs, articles, and press releases. Since first learning to hold a pen, he has done little but read, watch, and write about characters and worlds of fantasy. It would be very difficult to find him without a pen in hand and an idea in mind, which is problematic for anyone wanting to have a conversation with him. Michael graduated from Rowan University, primarily focusing on improving his skills as a filmmaker and screenwriter. After said schooling, he joined an elite force of Rowan grads who also had the notion of becoming filmmakers. This group, known as Justice Productions, call on him every so often to write short films. And, until this whole writing thing pays off, Michael currently does development & marketing communication (writing, graphic & publication design, social media and website upkeep, etc.) for a web development company in Central New Jersey, where he currently resides.