Jonathan Rhys Meyers

More details on Dracula series

More details are emerging about the new TV series starring Jonathan as “Dracula”. Production on “Dracula” is expected to begin later this year. Here’s the official press release from NBC Universal:

The Ten-Episode Series Is A Co-Production Of Universal Television, Carnival Films & Television, Flame Ventures, Playground, And Sky Living

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. & LONDON — July 24, 2012 – NBC and Sky Living today announced the co-production of “Dracula,” a provocative new drama series version of the classic Bram Stoker novel starring Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” “Elvis”) in the title role. It was announced jointly today by Universal Television Executive Vice President Bela Bajaria, and Sky’s Head of Drama, Anne Mensah.

“Dracula” is from the producers behind the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit “Downton Abbey,” Carnival Films & Television, along with Flame Ventures and Playground, and will begin production later this year.

The 10-episode series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

Based on a script by co-executive producer Cole Haddon, “Dracula” will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”) for Playground, Tony Krantz (“24”, “Sports Night”) for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame (“Downton Abbey”) for Carnival Films & Television (part of NBCUniversal International Television Production), Anne Mensah for Sky, and Universal Television. Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer.

Bajaria said: “We are thrilled to produce this smart, sophisticated, and provocative re-imagining of ‘Dracula,’ in partnership with Colin, Tony and our International studio arm and Sky Living for NBC Network. It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role.

Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Television Production, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen this project to return to television and have built an amazing team of producers behind the camera to deliver this extraordinary show. Since 1897, the story of Dracula has captivated readers and viewers alike and this sexy, updated twist on the classic also promises not to disappoint.”

Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, commented: “I am so pleased to be announcing our first-ever co-production with NBCUniversal and we are delighted to be bringing an actor as exciting as Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Sky. ‘Dracula’ combines the biggest and best talent both in front of and behind the camera and will keep our customers intrigued and enthralled. With its dark, twisted and intelligent script it absolutely sets the scale, tone and ambition for future dramas on Sky Living.”

Antonia Hurford-Jones, Acting Director, Sky Living added: “As one of the nation’s most iconic literary characters, this new incarnation of ‘Dracula’ feels like the perfect fit for our Sky Living audience. It’s an extremely exciting time for the channel and this co-production with NBCUniversal marks the start of big things to come.”

“Dracula” is the latest in a series of co-productions embarked on by Sky, with previous projects including “Treasure Island” and “Strike Back.” Sky last year signaled its commitment to original production by increasing its investment in original British content by 50 per cent over the next three years. By 2014, Sky expects to invest £600 million a year on home grown content across its portfolio of channels.

Additional casting and production details will be announced at a later date.

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  1. Lydia says
    25 July 12 at 3:55am

    i am so excited…. its the best i`ve heard for months…. jonny will be the best dracular ….. i hope this masterpiece will be send in germany too or will be released as dvd

  2. HugeJRMFan- says
    25 July 12 at 4:02pm

    I’m happy like a child!!!! VERY VERY BEST NEWS SINCE months, years? Jonathan is still alive :-)))) – I shiver with anticipation to see HIM as DRACULA. Love Jonny!!!

    Love in Devotion ;))

  3. JRMfan says
    26 July 12 at 7:33am

    I love JRM…I am very happy… jonny will be the best dracular…

  4. Sheri says
    26 July 12 at 9:49am

    Hubby just informed me of this…how exciting. Can’t wait, I know he’ll be great in this role.

  5. Elaine says
    29 July 12 at 7:07am

    OMG . . . this is Xmas in July for me. The greatest actor of all time is gonna play Dracula? Fans get your necks ready ’cause DRACULA IS COMING TO TOWN.

  6. Saria says
    30 July 12 at 11:15am

    Great news…Jonny is a very talented actor. I am excited and look forward with great anticipation to see him in action as Dracula. His role as king Henry VIII, was magnificent, many people who saw the Tudors just loved his performance as well. I can hardly wait to see him in this new project.

    Jonny I am sending you blessings, love and wishes of good health.
    You are a very special person, many many people love and think of you always. Thank you for enriching our lives with your talent. You’re a beautiful. Keep these word in your heart.

  7. Ana Patricia Nunes says
    31 July 12 at 7:48pm

    Dear Jonathan, I wish you all the best that God can give.
    I’m a fan of your work, because you spend emotion, truth, love, hope.
    Your performance in “August Rush” was wonderful, also love the songs you’ve recorded your voice is divine.
    Be happy always.
    I admire you very much.
    Ana Patricia, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  8. purplepixie says
    07 August 12 at 6:39pm

    This is terrific news. I love him and I’ve always thought he would make an amazing vampire. (I’d let him bite me.) Can’t wait for it to come out.

  9. Kelsey says
    23 July 13 at 1:55am

    Can’t wait!!! This is going to be a great series!

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