Carnivàle (a show I happened to be a huge fan of and tragically ended too soon) creator Dan Knauf is working with NBC for an upcoming 10-episode series, DRACULA,  as the showrunner & head writer, working with series creator Cole Haddon.

DRACULA is produced by Tony Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV, and NBCU International. Carnival Films & Television, the company behind DOWNTON ABBEY. Krantz and Callender are executive producing the series with Gareth Neame and Anne Mensah. Haddon and Flame’s Reece Pearson co-executive produce.

Based on an idea by Krantz, the show is based on an idea by Krantz which is set in 1890 and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers is set to play the iconic vampire Dracula, which see’s him arrive 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 but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.”. The new series reunites Meyers with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt, who cast the Irish actor in “The Tudors” while running Showtime.

This could potentially be an interesting show given the talent involved, but I have this fear in the back of my mind that it’s going to turn out to be some kind of Victorian romantic drama. Here’s hoping that fear will be abated. More information as it develops.