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Netflix bringing The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean to U.S.

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Dec 12, 2017

The British cult favorite TV series The Frankenstein Chronicles is finally coming to the United States, thanks to Netflix. Variety is reporting that Netflix will pick up The Frankenstein Chronicles and run it as a Netflix Originals.

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein. Set in the 1830s in London, Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) stars as Inspector John Marlott, a detective investigating the case of eight missing children whose body parts are discovered sewn into a single corpse. The first season premiered in 2015 on ITV, and a second season just wrapped its run earlier this month.

ITV is shutting down its linear Encore channel, on which The Frankenstein Chronicles airs, but it will be available on the digital-only channel in the U.K. Other ITV Encore originals have previously aired on other U.S. services (Harlots on Hulu; Houdini & Doyle on Fox). The Netflix deal would bring the show to U.S. viewers, but because there is already a deal in place for international distribution, it might mean other territories would see a delay before finding The Frankenstein Chronicles on their streaming service.

In 2015, AMC released a press release saying they had acquired The Frankenstein Chronicles for the network, but there is no evidence they ever brought the show to air.

If Netflix is happy with The Frankenstein Chronicles (or, rather, if it resonates with Netflix's viewers), they have the option to pick it up for additional seasons on Netflix's dime.