Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play vampire Count Dracula in a TV series update of Bram Stoker’s late 1800’s Gothic horror novel, “Dracula.”
NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is being produced by NBC Universal through its Carnival Films & Television — the same people who bring you “Downton Abbey.”
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, who made the announcement, was head of Showtime when Meyers was cast to star in that pay cable network’s “The Tudors”; Tuesday Greenblatt said the new series would bring a “Tudors” sensibility to the literary classic.
The show will not shoot a pilot, but is going straight to series.
The “cool new version,” as Greenblatt described the series, 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, he 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.
Stoker in his grave: turn, turn, turn.
Based on a script by Cole Haddon, “Dracula” will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”), Tony Krantz (“24”, “Sports Night”), and Gareth Neame (”Downton Abbey”).