Showtime Picks Up Penny Dreadful Series Featuring Dorian Gray, Dracula & Dr. Frankenstein


Some of literature’s most iconic figures will step into the light on Showtime in Penny Dreadful, a psychosexual horror series created, written and executive produced by Skyfall‘s three-time Oscar nominee John Logan and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris, it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks.  We first brought this project’s attention to you here, however, more details have been revealed.

The series will begin production in London in the second half of 2013.

In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.”

John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our time,” said Nevins. “The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show.”

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