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11 July 24th, 2012 NBC Orders Dracula From The Producers of Downton Abbey Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

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NBC has given a 10-episode series order to Dracula, a series inspired by the classic Bram Stoker character starring The Tudos’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character.  NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association fall TV previews.

The series will introduce 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’s seeking 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.

Dracula is from the producers behind the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit Downton Abbey, Carnival Films & Television, along with Flame Ventures and Playground, and will begin production later this year.

A bit more details and who is specifically involved, Dracula is based on a script by co-executive producer Cole HaddonThe series will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) for Playground, Tony Krantz (24, Sports Night) for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey) for Carnival Films & Television (part of NBC Universal International Television Production), Anne Mensah for Sky, and Universal Television. Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer.

Michael Edelstein, President, NBC Universal International Television Production, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen this project to return to television and have built an amazing team of producers behind the camera to deliver this extraordinary show. Since 1897, the story of Dracula has captivated readers and viewers alike and this sexy, updated twist on the classic also promises not to disappoint.”

Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, commented: “I am so pleased to be announcing our first-ever co-production with NBC Universal and we are delighted to be bringing an actor as exciting as Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Sky. DRACULA combines the biggest and best talent both in front of and behind the camera and will keep our customers intrigued and enthralled. With its dark, twisted and intelligent script it absolutely sets the scale, tone and ambition for future dramas on Sky Living.”

So what do you think of a new Dracula series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers?  Thumbs up or down?  Let us know!


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  1. Trapper says:

    Definitely two thumbs up!! I’ll certainly watch it (especially on NBC).


  2. Leigh York says:

    Loved Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors! Will definitely be watching his new show.


  3. Carol says:

    The pedigree of the program is great, but do we really need ANOTHER vampire themed show on television. I’m running out of blood. Actually, ran out and tuned out, long ago.


  4. barbara t. Loves one life to live says:

    Oh my god I love this guy, He will be a perfect Dracula, He was so good in the tutors as a very naughty King Henry the 8th.I loved the Movie Bram Stokers, DRACULA.



  5. Cindy says:

    STILL miss The Tudors!!!


  6. Cheryl says:

    Definitely a thumbs UP!!!!!!!!!! Loved JRM in The Tudors!!!!!!!!!! The plot sounds sweet and JRM will be fantastic!!!!! Excited to see this series!!!!!! :)


  7. susan M. says:

    I have no opinion on this yet.. Haven’t seen this series… I watch the shows I have always watched…That’s enough for me…….


  8. *Christine* says:

    Nothing wrong with the talent or the premise really, but it just shows that Hollywood is running out of NEW ideas. So sad.


  9. lisa says:

    I actually haven’t watched ANY of the vampire shows currently on television.
    But I liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors and I think I will watch this one.


  10. MBmomof3 says:

    Ooooooh, this could be good:-)


  11. Jan says:

    They picked the right guy!


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