The series will consist of three 90-minute episodes, just like Sherlock, and it will air on BBC One in the UK and Netflix everywhere else. The two companies will co-produce the series together.
The Beeb’s official press bumf says this about the plot:
“Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”
Moffat and Gatiss released this joint statement:
“There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”
The BBC’s controller of drama, Piers Wenger, said this:
“Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”
And Sue Vertue, who is set executive produce the series through Hartswood Films, added this:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be back at the BBC, and also delighted that Netflix are coming on board with Dracula. There’s nothing like fresh blood.”
Has no one actually read the novel? Dracula wasn't sexy!
In Bram Stoker’s original epistolary novel of 1897, Dracula is only ever seen through the eyes of humans trying to escape him or bring him to heel, with the Count representing a malevolent threat to humanity without any real sense of his inner life or perspective.
Why do these idiots always try to reinvent the wheel?finally make Dracula “the hero of his own story rather than a shadowy villain for more traditional heroes to overcome.
And that’s a really clever idea