Try and stay calm… We now have our first glimpse of the much anticipated series from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss
Bram Stoker’s immortal creation has been reinvented many times. But now it’s the turn of Doctor Who’s own Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The Hartswood Films production for the BBC and Netflix was filmed earlier this year and now the first official trailer has been released.
The new adaptation is comprised of three feature length episodes. It stars Danish actor Claes Bang as the Prince of Darkness himself, Count Dracula. Written by Moffat and Gatiss, reuniting for the first time since Sherlock, Dracula also features fellow Sherlock alumnus Paul McGuinan – the director responsible for creating much of the Holmes series unique visual style. Also adding to the Sherlock reunion is composer David Arnold. Up until now, details have been scant. But we’ve been promised a take on the legend that side-steps the familiar cliches.
And the trailer certainly seems to live up to that promise. In contrast to the urbane civility of Bela Legosi, or the barely restrained passions of Christopher Lee, Bang’s vampire lord shows a sardonic cruel streak. “Try and stay calm,” he smirks to his next meal, “you’re doing very well.”
Meanwhile, the tone is more explicitly horrific than in some versions. Flies pass in and out of the undead’s eyeballs, and rotting fingernails flake off, while half decomposed monsters explode from crates. Moffat and Gatiss are the minds behind some of Doctor Who’s scariest episodes. And they’re clearly relishing every second of scaring a more adult audience.
The Lord of the Undead will see you… soon
No air date is available for Dracula yet, beyond the warning that it’s “Coming Soon”. We do know however that it co-stars John Heffernan, Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who), Sacha Dhawan (An Adventure in Space and Time, Iron Fist), and Catherine Schell (Doctor Who – City of Death, Space: 1999).
Both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will be attending a special event at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin tonight. It’s part of the Irish capital’s annual Bram Stoker Festival. Celebrating Dracula and its creator in Stoker’s own home city, this year’s event includes a talk by Moffat and Gatiss as well as an exclusive preview of the new series.