NBC has given the green light to the 10-episode series Dracula, with Jonathan Rhys Myers (The Tudors) set to play the title role. The series was bought by NBC in January with a “script-to-series” commitment, meaning that if executives liked it it would not have to go through a pilot pitch. Why mess around with no-name vampires when you can get back to basics with the most famous one of all? And then of course, why make him audition?
The series has beed called “Dangerous Liasions meets The Tudors,” and that last part is not just because of Meyers’ old job. Dracula will take place in the 1890s, and is being produced in part by Carnival Films & Television, who also produces Downton Abbey (maybe we’ll get an upcoming series Dowager Countess: Zombie Avenger?) For more on Dracula, hit the jump.