After revitalizing Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, Morairty, Irene Adler, Mrs. Hudson, and a bevy of other characters from the beloved Conan Doyle mysteries, the creative duo of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have set their sites on another classic literary figure: Count Dracula.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that Moffat and Gatiss are in the early stages of adapting the 1897 Bram Stoker novel for the BBC. Longtime Sherlock collaborator, Sue Vertue will produce. It’s unclear if the new adaptation will bring the immortal vampire into a contemporary setting, or if this Dracula will return to his more Victorian-era roots. Variety notes that both Moffat and Gatiss are huge fans of the Hammer Studios versions of Dracula in which Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing played Dracula and Van Helsing, respectively.
Like Sherlock Holmes, Dracula is one of the most widely adapted literary characters of all time. In the past five years alone, there have been numerous versions of Dracula in both film and television including a short-lived 2013 series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the Universal film Dracula Untold, and of course, various aspects of the first season of Penny Dreadful.
So, what fresh blood could Moffat and Gatiss bring to the beloved vampire? At this point, time — which the immortal Dracula has plenty of — will tell. Inverse reached out to Mark Gatiss for comment and as of yet, has not received a reply.