Jonathan Rhys Meyers becomes new Dracula

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Dracula in a new update of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) will play Count Dracula in a new TV series update of Bram Stoker’s late-1800s gothic horror novel.

NBC has ordered 10 episodes of Dracula being produced by NBC Universal through Carnival Films & Television (Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Whitechapel) going straight to series without a Pilot.

The “cool, new version,” introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, Dracula hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

Based on a script by Cole Haddon, Dracula will be executive-produced by Colin Callender (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby), Tony Krantz (24, Sports Night) and Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey).

Source: Washington Post

4 Responses

  1. Fail.

    Look these network channels trying to do Cable style shows never work. Due to cable shows surviving on much smaller ratings than network shows and networks not giving shows a chance.

    Also what on earth is with the TV world going nuts recently trying for their own serial killer, dexter type show of a lead bad guy… maybe good guy.. definite bad guy.

    There’s the Bates Motel. There’s the Hannibal Lecture show. Now one on Dracula??

    The only one that has any chance is the awesome looking, “The Following.” With Kevin Bacon. That’ll work on network because even though the bad guy is the awesome James Purefoy. Kevin Bacon is a good guy and the lead.

  2. He’s certainly got the eyes for it.

    I’m obviously not in the target group but I am so over all this teen-angst vampire tosh. Time to give the lycans some love (roughly from behind – just how they like it).

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