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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is Dracula
In a new US telly drama

25 July 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers Is Dracula

With the huge number of Dracula-inspired films and TV shows rising from the development grave at the moment, you might wonder whether studio and network executives had fallen sway to the power of the fanged fiend himself. Be ready to check more moguls for teeth marks, as Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast as the world’s most famous fictional vampire* in a new TV drama.

US network NBC has skipped the pilot stage and handed out a 10-episode order to producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender, and they in turn have set writer Cole Haddon the task of starting work on the series.

The rough outline, which is set in the 1890s, is apparently a crossbreed of Dangerous Liaisons and The Tudors (not a shocker to see why they’ve cast, Meyers, then), which means Meyers will be using his stare-power to win over his victims.

Posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to usher in a new age of modern science to Victorian Britain, he’s actually arrived on our shores to wreak revenge on the descendants of the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s just one small wrinkle in his plan: he meets a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife, and falls hopelessly in love. Those in the UK will get to see the show on Sky Living, though we really think it should be on Sky Undead…

Dracula has always been a pop culture touchstone, and there are at least three or four other projects in the works, including Sony's Dracula, a revitalised Dracula: Year Zero and the recently announced Vlad Dracula cable TV series.

*YES more famous than Edward. Sheesh.


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BEG to differ
I am thrilled with NBC's choice in casting him, and I am thrilled in general that they are taking a chance on putting Dracula out there. So cool. Why does everyone think Dracula needs to be all gore? Not that I have a problem with scary, but a little romance is not a bad thing. There have been more blood and gore vampire movies out there lately than you can shake a stake at. And PS :NBC is an American network. Get over the accents. Would you expect a Japanese network making a Japanese show to ha More

Posted by garnetgal at 04:57 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Terrible choice
He was crap in The Tudors and will be crap in this. Totally the wrong choice - this guy is not remotely scary and acts like a dead fish - for God's sake if they're going to do another vampire film please make Anno Dracula by Kim Newman and cast someone decent and genuinely scary as CD. More

Posted by jamiemulls at 22:23 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

Oh Dear.
As a huge fan of Dracula, all I can do is vomit at this idea. The English accents will be appalling...And (sarcastically...) wow, who'da thunk it, Dracula's going to be american in this...we all know all too well by now that 'american series' means 'sexy american leads' for, Christ almighty, can you imagine if american's were made to 'relate' to folk from other countries???!!! think their brains would explode. Or, rather, I don't because I'm not so small minded and patronising. THAT'S what the s More

Posted by Cyberleader at 19:49 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

While I'm here...
I'd love to see a movie or TV show that went back to the disgusting aspect of the vampire. They're pretty vile. Too much mesmerism and pouting these days not enough undead smell and fluid swapping. The vampire has become a romantic figure rather than the hideous creature Stoker brought to life. Cronenberg's Dracula anyone? More

Posted by iain81 at 19:06 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

They always cast someone awful as Dracula. Gary Oldman played him well-ish, but since then he's been played badly by a host of unsuitable actors- Roxburgh, Butler, etc. Now Meyers? No real menace to one of the best villains in our culture. Also, what's with the crap Americanised reimagining? The book has never been out of print and is bloody good; why not just film it? More

Posted by iain81 at 19:00 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

Terrible choice
He was crap in The Tudors and will be crap in this. Totally the wrong choice - this guy is not remotely scary and acts like a dead fish - for God's sake if they're going to do another vampire film please make Anno Dracula by Kim Newman and cast someone decent and genuinely scary as CD. More

Posted by jamiemulls at 11:28 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

Terrible choice
He was crap in The Tudors and will be crap in this. Totally the wrong choice - this guy is not remotely scary and acts like a dead fish - for God's sake if they're going to do another vampire film please make Anno Dracula by Kim Newman and cast someone decent and genuinely scary as CD. More

Posted by jamiemulls at 11:17 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

An American show set in England? Ugh, those accents are going to make it unbearable. More

Posted by clarkkent at 10:24 on 25 July 2012 | Report This Post

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