What if Frankenstein and Dracula had a television show? Showtime is currently developing a new series expected to feature famous monsters in literature. The show, currently entitled Penny Dreadful, comes just weeks after NBC passed on airing a reboot of the popular monster family The Munsters. The show will be executive produced by John Logan, well known for penning the scripts for Gladiator and the most recent James Bond film Skyfall.
It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded. The characters are all in very human form in turn-of-the-century London. It’s very psychological and highly erotic. John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our time. The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show.
The period drama will also be executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, who may direct the first episode in early 2013. The show will include Dr. Frankenstein and his monster Dorian Gray, Dracula and Van Helsing so far. The series will most likely debut in the fall, but should not be confused with NBC's drama Dracula. Featuring Jonathan Rhys Myers as Dracula, that show follows the Bram Stoker story of a man in 1890 living as a successful businessman by day and a bloodthirsty villain at night, until he falls in love with a woman who resembles his deceased wife.