If any entity has seen its fair share of exposure in the horror genre over the past century, it’s definitely Dracula. Be it an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel itself or a project that takes the property to a totally different place (Dracula 2000, anyone?), the worlds of cinema and television just can’t get enough of the Count.
As you surely know by now, a new TV show’s currently in the works for the BBC and Netflix from Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Set to run for only three-episodes, with each one coming in at about 90-minutes, it features Claes Bang in the titular role and though we’ve still yet to see any footage from it, we do now have our first look at the project thanks to the photos in the gallery down below.
While there’s only two shots here, we do see Bang’s take on Dracula in all his glory and can start to get a feel for the tone and look of the series. We’re sure more will follow as well, but for now, check out the photos below and let us know what you think.
From what we understand, Dracula intends to retell Bram Stoker’s story in a very unique way, and given how many different versions of that tale we’ve seen already, that’s a pretty tall order. Moffatt and Gatiss recently spoke to the Radio Times though and explained that the character will actually be the hero of his own story.
“Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult. That’s been the main challenge I think. But how we’ve handled, that you’ll have to wait and see.”
“We sort of made a promise to ourselves and the people who are making it, paying for it, that we’d make Dracula the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence. And that’s a really clever idea, but we had to make good on it!”
According to the BBC, meanwhile, the new series “will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London.” That’s not much to go on of course, but we’ve got full faith in Moffatt and Gatiss and can’t wait to see what they’ve cooked up for their Dracula show when it finally arrives – which will be either later this year or in early 2020.