Another literary legend is coming to the small screen for the BBC. This time, however, he’s not solving the crimes: He’s perpetrating them. From Sherlock creative duo Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, upcoming TV show Dracula will adapt Bram Stoker’s take on the vampire in the same vein as their take on the world’s most famous detective.
The team had been writing the adaptation since last year, but now their version has landed three 90-minute episodes on the BBC — which will be distributed on Netflix to all of us outside of the U.K. The feature-length episodes are more Sherlock than Doctor Who, showrunner Moffat’s other claim to geeky TV fame, but the time period is unlike either.
Like the source novel itself, the story is set in 1897, with the Transylvanian count heading to Victorian London. This dashes hopes that the duo would bring the bloodsucker to the modern age as they’d done with Holmes, but also allows them to play around with period as much as they’d like, as well as introduce characters like Professor Abraham Van Helsing with all the Victorian accuracy their clout commands.
Variety reports Moffat and Gatiss said: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.” Dracula’s always had a bit of eerie romanticism to him, but heroism? Hmmm. If they’re telling the story from Dracula’s perspective, maybe. Fans will have to wait and see. But this promises to be nothing like the Castlevania version of the vampire you grew up battling.