Dracula returns from the dead and back to TV

Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat
Photograph by Gage Skidmore

Variety broke the news earlier that Mark Gattis and Steven Moffat will be writing a prospective new series based on Dracula. I’m generally a fan of these two gents’ work on Sherlock, so I’m curious what they’ll bring to the table.

I don’t watch Doctor Who but I know that Moffat has a checkered reputation amongst some fans. But it’s Gattis whose presence gives me hope since his love of the horror genre is well-known.

Variety reports that Dracula will be similar to Sherlock in that each series (seasons to us Americans) will be short but comprised of feature-length episodes.  Details about the show’s content is unknown at this time — who knows, maybe even Gattis and Moffat are still working on their approach to the material. My bet is that it will take a contemporary approach a la Sherlock or Moffat’s Jekyll.

The chance that Gattis or Moffat is reading this is slim to none, but if one of them is… please, I beg of you, MAKE DRACULA EVIL. Presenting Dracula as a romantic, misunderstood figure is every bit as cliche as a bad Bela Lugosi impersonation. I don’t mind that approach from time to time, but that characterization should be the exception rather than the default.

If you want to be innovative, go back to Bram Stoker’s book. Don’t feel that Dracula has to be the central character; he’s more ominous when he’s off-screen but his presence is felt. Present Jonathan Harker and his friends as noble heroes instead of obstacles standing between Dracula and Mina. Don’t overemphasize Van Helsing to the detriment of other characters. Buck the trends and give us something different than what we’ve seen for 25 years.

Oh, and welcome back, readers!