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Sherlock & Doctor Who writers revamping Dracula for new BBC series

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are keen to adapt Bram Stoker's Dracula novel into a spooky new BBC series.

The men behind TV hits Doctor Who and Sherlock are sinking their teeth into a new Dracula drama.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are keen to adapt Bram Stoker's Dracula novel into a spooky new BBC series. According to Variety, it is unclear whether or not the duo will attempt to replicate the success of Sherlock by moving the Dracula tale into a modern-day British setting. They have also yet to find the perfect person to play the infamous Transylvanian vampire.

Ironically, Laurence Olivier Award winner Gatiss portrayed Count Dracula in a radio version of the tale that was released last year (16) to mark the anniversary of the book's publication.

According to RadioTimes.com, the Dracula series is expected to make its way onto the small screen in 2019, and will be produced for Hartswood Films by Moffat's wife Sue Vertue.

"It’s early days and the BBC has not seen a script yet but they are close to signing a deal for a series of 90-minute films of Dracula,” a senior production source told the website. “It’s not yet been decided if it will be historical or modern day or if there will be a US co-producer but the BBC are keen on this and it will happen. What needs to be decided is how many episodes – whether there are three or five or six or whatever but they will definitely be 90-minute films.

"Production is at least a year away so it will probably be on screen in 2019 at the earliest."

Moffat will leave the Doctor Who franchise at the end of this year (17) and there are no plans for any more Sherlock episodes, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Moffat is currently writing the script for the new Jekyll film, while Gatiss, who also portrays Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in the television series, is attached to several projects, including the Guy Fawkes mini-series Gunpowder set to star Kit Harington and Liv Tyler.

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