NBC has ordered 10 episodes of “Dracula” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Bob Greenblatt confirmed..
The network entertainment chairman said the new vampire series, written by Cole Haddon, brings a “‘Tudors’ sensibility to ‘Dracula,'” offering a contemporary spin to the 1890s period piece based on the original Bram Stoker novel. Rhys Meyers starred as King Henry VIII in “The Tudors,” which aired on Showtime 2007-2010 under Greenblatt’s reign.
The series is co-produced with Carnival Films, the production company behind the critically acclaimed hit “Downton Abbey.”
According to an NBC press release, “the 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he 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. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”