The first prequel authorized by the Bram Stoker estate
The legend of Dracula gets a makeover in a new television series debuting on NBC October 25th. Yes, network television is embracing the prince of darkness. Weird, right? But the good news is that this is coming to us from the network behind Hannibal. Further, it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers. But wait, there’s more, it’s very bloody.
The synopsis: It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
Shock spoke to the man behind the series – creator Cole Haddon, comic book scribe and former journalist – who offered a glimpse into the show’s genesis, discusses the casting of Dracula, how the rules of vampirism are applied and more.