Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Dracula in a New NBC TV Series

Jonathan Rhys MeyersBram Stoker’s bloodsucker is more popular than ever these days. Not counting all those big-budget “re-imaginings” of Drac (as his friends call him) gestating all around Hollywood, there is a Starz Network show called “Vlad Dracula” on the way from the producers of “Spartacus”. Now you can add NBC and Sky Living’s simply titled “Dracula” to the list. The network is apparently so high on the show they’ve already ordered a 10-episode first season.

The networks made the announcement today, along with the attachment of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular Count:

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.

Irish lad Rhys Meyers has been splitting his time between cable and the big screen. He is, of course, King Henry VIII on “The Tudors”, and some of his more notable recent big screen work includes “From Paris with Love” and “Albert Nobbs”.

Cole Haddon will write the pilot script, with Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”) executive producing.

Production is set to begin later this year.

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