NBC Looks to Vampires to Revitalize Their Ratings
The more you talk about popular culture the more you hear the same things repeated over and over. One of the most common expressions over the last couple of years is how overplayed vampires are. With The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and many lesser known incarnations, it seems like we are suffering from vampire overexposure.
NBC doesn’t seem to care much for that way of thinking. TVLine has recently announced that the network has ordered to series a show about Dracula, that most famous of vampires. The show was picked up for a ten episode order that will see Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vampire. The series will follow Dracula as he “relocate[s] to London in hopes of wreaking havoc on the Victorian society that centuries ago ‘ruined his life.’” This revenge plot begins to take a backseat when he falls for a woman “who appears to be the second coming of his long-deceased wife.”
It is extremely difficult to judge a show based on one actor and vague plot details, so I will hold off on forming an opinion until we begin to see a fuller cast, hints on tone, and footage from the project. The pilot script was written by Cole Haddon, who will also serve as co-executive producer on the show. The other executive producers include 24′s Tony Krantz, HBO Films’ Colin Callender, and Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films & Television.
For those interesting in the project as it moves forward production on the series will begin later this year. Expect to see more information trickle out as cameras begin rolling and marketing campaigns start up.