NBC has to be commended as they have been beefing up their program line up with some promising genre shows. Although fans were upset they cancelled ‘Awake,’ they have brought in the fairy tale procedural ‘Grimm‘, the Jekyll and Hyde like series ‘Do No Harm’, and the post-apocalyptic ‘Revolution‘. Currently they are developing the Peter Berg supervillian series ‘Hench‘, ‘ an untitled supernatural drama from J.J. Abrams and the horror inspired ‘Dracula’.
But it looks like ‘Dracula’ has gotten a big boost in its progress as Deadline is reporting that ‘Carnivale’s’ creator Daniel Knauf has just been given the gig to become the show runner and head writer for the series.
This isn’t the first time Knauf has worked with NBC as he served as co-executive producer and writer for the short lived Christian Slater series ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ which had Taylor Lautner playing his son. Knauf has also written for ‘Supernatural‘, the miniseries ‘The Phantom’ and worked as a producer on ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’.
‘Dracula’, which will be set in the 1890’s has been described as “‘Dangerous Liaisons’ meets The Tudors’,” which is ironic as the man who will be playing Dracula himself is Jonathan Rhys Meyers who starred in ‘The Tudors’.
The premise has Dracula arriving in London posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to the Victorian society. In reality, Dracula seeks revenge of the people who centuries earlier ruined his life. While in London, he meets and falls in love with a woman who seemingly is a reincarnation of his long dead wife.
Knauf is a great addition to the ‘Dracula’ team given by his work on the HBO series ‘Carnivale’ alone. This supernatural drama proves that he has an eye for the gothic tales which will definitely come in handy for the show.
‘Dracula’ was given a straight to series order with a 10 episode run with the hopes that production will begin sometime next year.