Coming later this year or early in 2020 is a BBC and Netflix Dracula show based upon Bran Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel. There’s a slew of talent already on board to develop the project, and today brings news of additional casting, as well as the directors set to helm the trio of episodes.
Variety is reporting that the Dracula show now has its three directors set for the project. Production is reportedly already underway on the series’ first episode which Jonny Campbell will direct. Damon Thomas will helm Episode 2 and Paul McGuigan will wrap things up with Episode 3.
Danish actor Claes Bang has already been cast in the iconic role of Count Dracula in the BBC and Netflix Dracula show. Youssef Kerkour of Jack Ryan and Clive Russell of Game of Thrones have been previously confirmed today too.
The rest of the Dracula show cast looks to be set now as well. New names on the list of talent include John Heffernan, Dolly Wells, Joanna Scanlan, Morfydd Clark, Lujza Richter, Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Aris, Sacha Dhawan, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Catherine Schell.
If you recognize the name of Mark Gatiss, it’s likely due to his involvement as the showrunner of BBC’s Sherlock alongside his partner Steven Moffat. The duo are working together once again on this BBC and Netflix produced Dracula series, with Gatiss working as an actor on the show too.
Much of the show is being shot at Orava Castle in Slovakia with additional production taking place at Bray Studios in England. Gatiss voiced his excitement for the venue, stating “It’s seriously delightful that our new Dracula is being shot at Bray Studios, the former home of Hammer Films. This wonderfully atmospheric and legendary studio gave birth to so many famous monsters and stars – most memorably Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. As we watch Transylvania once again rise on the sound stages of Bray, it’s amazing to be able to say that Count Dracula has finally come home.”
A debut date hasn’t been announced for the series yet. It’s expected release on BBC One in the U.K. and Ireland late this year or in early 2020. It will then stream after that on Netflix in the United States and other international territories. Netflix’s other Dracula themed show, Castlevania, was confirmed for a third season nearly a year ago.