After giving Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes an astute modern makeover in the television show Sherlock, creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are set to bring Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic novel Dracula back to life. Like the detective show, Dracula will be in the miniseries format and will play out over feature-length episodes.
Dracula is the fictitious story of Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula’s battle with his archenemy Abraham Van Helsing. As of 2009, Dracula has seen as many as 217 film adaptations, succeeded by Sherlock Holmes with 223 films.
This will be the writer duo’s first collaboration after Sherlock. Gatiss and Moffat have previously worked together on the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who, for which Moffat was showrunner for the past six years and Gatiss has written many episodes. Moffat, however, recently stepped down after the show’s tenth season.
The news led to plenty of suggestions of actors for the roles.
But some Dracula loyalists expressed their dismay.