The buzz on the latest James Bond film Skyfall is incredibly positive, and much of the film’s success is due to director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan. It appears that the two got along well during the collaboration, as they’re now set to team up for decidedly new territory: a genre TV series. The two are currently shopping a drama series set in the 1800s London featuring classic horror characters like Van Helsing and Doctor Frankenstein hunting for vampires. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, the project is described as an origin story in the vein of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Logan—whose credits also include Gladiator, Hugo, The Aviator, and the upcoming Noah—wrote the script for the untitled series, and Mendes is attached to produce and possibly direct. The project has been sent to premium cable networks, and with the combination of the show’s marketable premise and high-caliber talent I expect we’ll be hearing a pick-up from HBO or Showtime sooner rather than later.
The news comes as Universal is also prepping a feature film reboot of the Van Helsing character with Tom Cruise set to star and Snow White and the Huntsman helmer Rupert Sanders circling the director’s chair.
This marks the first television outing for both Mendes and Logan, as the Oscar-winning American Beauty director cut his action/thriller chops on Skyfall. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to his stab at Bond, he’ll likely be in great demand in the coming months.