NBC, Sky partner on Dracula revamp

US broadcaster NBC and British pay TV network Sky Living are to co-produce a remake of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with The Tudors’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the eponymous character.

The 10-part series will be produced by Universal Television, Carnival Films  & Television, Flame Ventures, Playground and Sky Living. NBC Universal International Television Distribution will sell the series globally.

The series is based on a script by Cole Haddon, creator of Dark Horse Comics’ The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, and will be exec produced by former HBO Films boss Colin Callender, Carnival founder Gareth Neame and Sky’s head of drama Anne Mensah.

Dracula will see Rhys Meyers’ character move to London, posing as an entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society, but who instead is looking to wreak revenge on people who have previously ruined his life. However, he falls in love with a woman, who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.