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BBC’s Sherlock Team Taking On Another Cold, Brooding Protagonist: Dracula


It looks like Dracula will be getting the Sherlock treatment.

The team behind the awesomeness of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes are directing their talents toward the vampire story that became the template for all othersDracula. Executive Producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will write the series, and Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films will produce.

This will be the first time that Gatiss and Moffat will be teaming up since the last episode of Sherlock aired in the UK in January, and they haven’t yet started work on scripts, as each of them are currently working on solo projects, but they have already been in talks with the BBC, the network with whom they worked on Sherlock, about UK broadcasting rights.

The plan is for their take on Dracula to resemble Sherlock in format: short seasons, feature-length episodes. However, as the scripts haven’t been written yet, there’s no word on whether or not their Dracula series will take place in the present-day, as did Sherlock, or whether they’ll go full period piece on it. Obviously, casting isn’t even a glimmer in anyone’s eye yet.

This project seems like it has all the ingredients to be pretty great, as we know that Gatiss and Moffat know how to handle literature from the late 19th Century (whether we like how they write female characters is another story…).

What do you think about a Gatiss and Moffat Dracula? But more importantly: who do you think should play the titular vampire? Tell us what you think in the comments!

(via Variety, image: Universal Pictures)

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.