For anyone who doesn’t know Steven Moffat is both loved and hated by the Doctor Who fanbase as responsible for much of what we call ‘new Who’. While no longer on Who Netflix and the BCC dropped some news overnight as to what is happening next for both Moffat and his co-Sherlock Showrunner, Mark Gatiss – Dracula.
We first heard about the former Doctor Who showrunner’s new Dracula project during SDCC where details were little and that has not changed. We now know that the series will follow the Sherlock format of three 90 minute episodes which are planned to run on the BCC in the UK and Ireland. What is new however is that Netflix will be partnered for international distribution which includes Australia. This is not the first instance of Netflix teaming up for international distribution with Riverdale, Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place all great examples of how this works.
The new series will aim to ‘re-introduce’ the world to Dracula with it starting in Transylvania of 1897 with the count drawing plans against Victorian London. Moffat/Gatiss have said that “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.” and given their approach to Sherlock we are unsurprised by the intent to pick ‘the vampire who made evil sexy’.
No additional dates or casting details are available right now and it doesn’t even appear on the Netflix schedule. But given the production schedule of Sherlock between seasons, we would not be surprised if we did not see anything until 2020. But we will definitely be keeping tabs on this for you.