Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic horror novel, Dracula, must be one of the most adapted books of all time. From the black and white nightmare that is Nosferatu, to modern attempts to kick start a shared universe in Dracula Untold, it is estimated over 200 movies have been made that are either direct adaptions or feature the characters Stoker created.
These movies often change key plot points, switch characters (e.g. Lucy to Mina) or vary the tone from a melodramatic doomed romance to outright gore and horror.
Francis Ford Coppola’s lavish and big-budget adaption is still well regarded to this day. That was 27 years ago now. So we are about due another go.
The latest creatives to put their stamp on the property are Sherlock showrunners and sometime Doctor Who collaborators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt. The BBC and Netflix are co-financing the Hartswood Films production.
Danish Actor and musician Claes Bang (The Girl In The Spider’s Web) is starring as the titular Count Dracula. Gatiss himself also stars, along with Lyndsey Marshal, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard, Lydia West, Paul Brennen, Sarah Niles, Sacha Dhawan and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
It is expected to air this year on the BBC in the UK and Netflix around the world.