NBC viewers will soon be able to watch their Hannibal with a side of Dracula. According to Deadline, the network has issued a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Dracula, featuring The Tudors’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the lead bloodsucker. The show will be set in the 1890s and has even been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors” — which means Meyers should fit right in.
“In the NBC/Sky Living series, Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier, but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife,” Deadline reports.
Like NBC’s upcoming show Hannibal — an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novels, including Silence of the Lambs — Dracula skipped the pilot stage and was immediately selected for rotation. Hopefully this means good things, because we’re up for vamps that haven’t totally jumped the shark. We’re looking at you, True Blood (and we’re still hanging in there).