In what is easily the best news we've heard all damned day, Deadline, has learned that Dan Knauf, creator of the cult HBO series "Carnivale," has joined NBC’s upcoming 10-episode series "Dracula" as showrunner/head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.
NBC's "Dracula" will feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors", Shelter, Velvet Goldmine) as the iconic vampire. The series, from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon, is being produced for both NBC and the UK’s Sky Living. It was originally bought by NBC in January with a “script-to-series” commitment, meaning that it wouldn’t go through a pilot stage but straight to series if NBC brass liked the script.
"Dracula" is produced by Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International Prods.’ Carnival Films & Television, the company behind "Downton Abbey". Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce. Based on an idea by Krantz, it is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets 'The Tudors,'” which is fitting given that "Tudors" star Meyers has been tapped to play the title role. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC's Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in "The Tudors" while running Showtime. As a producer, Greenblatt gave Meyers his first starring role in the CBS telefilm Elvis, which was overseen by Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria, then head of CBS’ movies and miniseries division.
In the NBC/Sky Living series Dracula (Meyers) 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 but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” Bajaria said.
NBC? I would think that it would be better show it on cable.
When does it air?
JRM went from Elvis to Henry VIII to Dracula. Is Jesus Christ next?
Finally, someone casts him in an appropriate role!
He sucked so bad as Henry VIII, he's got to do something to make up for it.
This needs to be on cable. Can't imagine it having any heat if it's on broadcast network. What will be the point of another porduction of Dracula if we can't see tits, ass and full frontal bulge? I can just watch TrueBlood. An ORIGINAL take on Vampires.
Hasn't the vampire craze pretty much run its course by now? I'm sure the final TWILIGHT will rake it in, but otherwise aren't audiences pretty much "over" vamps? I don't believe TRUE BLOOD gets the audience size it used to (and the show is just plain awful now anyway).
I don't think the problem is doing Dracula on network television. This is the problem:
[quote]In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns
This is schmatz Dracula, you know? This is plotting for the fraus and the tweens. I was initially going to comment that network TV doesn't have to necessarily be limited by its no nudity format. Talented writers can create erotic suggestion, costuming and lighting can be employed to create effect, etc. But nothing can overcome bad plotting.
His version will prowl at night because he's on coke!
Does anyone know if he has been able to maintain any sobriety since his last rehab? I have think he is if NBC is willing to take him on given his history. Ten episodes is a large financial commitment. It seems like something of a risk if half are in the can and he goes off on a binge he can't easily stop. It sounded like at least one episode was like that, though I'm not sure if it interfered with any filming.
I can't imagine this being a hit.
Also, am I the only one who thinks this guy is gay? I know he's been linked to women, but my gaydar goes off whenever I see this guy or hear him talk.
I dunno, R11. The fact that the network exec who developed SMASH has been fostering his career since a TV movie in 2002 is a little suspect...
R12 Oh really? I didn't knwo that. Tell us more.
Just context clues I inferred from the article, R13.
"The new series reunites Meyers with NBC's Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in "The Tudors" while running Showtime. As a producer, Greenblatt gave Meyers his first starring role in the CBS telefilm Elvis, which was overseen by Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria, then head of CBS’ movies and miniseries division."
[quote]am I the only one who thinks this guy is gay?
No. There have been gay rumours about JRM for a good 10 years.
R15 Do you think maybe being in the closet is why he has all these alcohol/drug problems?
That's one of the theories, yes, R16, but part of it could also be because of his difficult background growing up, the breakup of his parents' marriage, the loss of his Mom at only age 50 etc.
I wonder if he's a top, bottom, or both...
I don't know, R18, but he has a big uncut cock that he showed off frequently in his younger days.
[quote]In reality he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life... but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
Wasn't this a Columbo episode?
I love watching him on screen. I'll at least watch it once.
I get the feeling this will be cancelled soon after it starts. It just seems so cheesy and dated.
Does he still look like a male Scarlett Johansson?
I thought it looked pretty good. I do have doubts about Meyers as Dracula though.
R25 He's still beautiful if that's what you mean.
R27 Beautiful my ass. He looks rode HARD these days. This is what he looks like now without makeup.