It’s been almost a year since your friendly, neighborhood Fanboys Examiner first announced that NBC was going to turn “Dracula” into a weekly series. Since then, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast in the title role, and now Deadline Hollywood has announced that Jessica De Gouw, who has appeared on “The Dinner Meeting” and “Arrow,” will be the female lead.
Producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender, along with writer Cole Haddon, are the movers and shakers behind the project, which will run for 10 episodes on NBC. The network bought the concept with a script-to-series commitment, meaning that the usual step of shooting a pilot episode for network consideration has been bypassed.
The pitch for the NBC “Dracula” has been “Dangerous Liasons” meets “The Tudors” since day one. “Dracula” will be set in the 1890’s, with Meyers’ Dracula arriving in London posing as an American entrepreneur who claims to be bringing modern science to the Victorian city. In reality, he’s out to wreak vengeance on those he blames for ruining his life centuries earlier. He will be distracted by a young medical student, Mina Murray (De Gouw), who is engaged to Jonathan Harker, but mesmerized by Dracula. Yes, they’re doing the old vampire-thinks-heroine-is-the-reincarnation-of-his-lost-love thing again.
No, it bears almost no resemblance to Irish author Bram Stoker’s classic novel, which was first published in 1897 and has never been out of print for a second for perfectly good reasons.