Since the ‘Twilight’ craze, movies and television have all been trying to find a way to cash in on the monster drama. Some, like HBO’s ‘True Blood’ and CW’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’ have been fairly successful. Others, like Syfy’s ‘Being Human’ are merely passable. But there is no end in sight. ABC has ordered several television adaptations of ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’. NBC is working with Brian Singer (‘X-Men’) to bring a drama-version of the classic ‘Munsters’ to the small screen.
Now NBC is tapping into another classic. They just ordered a script on a new drama series based on the classic ‘Dracula’. The series is set to be produced by Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and written by Cole Haddon.
Despite being set in the 1890’s, the new ‘Dracula’ series pitch is depicted as a modernized take on the classic character with a young sexy cast. It’s described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors”. NBC apparently likes the idea enough that they will skip the pilot stage. The deal they’ve made for the show means that it will go directly into production if they like Haddon’s script enough.
Personally, I’m burned out on monster love stories and am more in favor of the recent trend of fairy-tale movies and shows. Maybe someone will finally take the obvious step and adapt Bill Willingham’s ‘Fables’ comic series to the small screen?
What do you think? Will this fall be the season of the monsters on television? And, if so, is that a good thing?