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‘Carnivale’ Creator Sinks His Teeth Into NBC’s ‘Dracula’

NBC Dracula Dan Knauf Carnivale
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Say, remember that ‘Dracula‘ adaptation NBC was developing with ‘The Tudors’ star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in the titular role? Yeah, neither did we, but with all the other programs on deck for NBC’s future, including ‘Hannibal‘ and the upcoming ‘Community‘ delays preoccupying us, it was easy to let one slip. Things may be looking up for the adapted vamprie series, however, acquiring ‘Carnivale’ creator and writer as showrunner, but will ‘Dracula’ rise above or just plain suck?

Having already been ordered for 10 episodes to likely debut in 2013, NBC’s ‘Dracula’ can rest even more assured in its future. Deadline reports that former ‘Carnivale’ writer and creator Dan Knauf will take the reigns as showrunner of the Johnathan Rhys-Meyers period piece, working with series creator Cole Haddon.

Set in the 1890s and described as a cross between ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and ‘The Tudors,’ ‘Dracula’ finds the titular character arriving in London under the guise of an American entrepreneur claiming that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. Instead, he seeks revenge on the people who destroyed his life centuries earlier, while falling in love with a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.

The project, created by Tony Krantz, Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon was originally bought by NBC in January with a “script-to-series” commitment.

What say you? Does the idea of a new ‘Dracula’ series seem like a good fit for NBC, now that ‘Carnivale’s’ former creative mind is on board? Will you watch the new series?

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