Skyfall director Sam Mendes, and Skyfall co-writer John Logan announced back in November that they intended to work together again on a horror TV series, and today it has emerged that the series is about to take shape.
Titled ‘Penny Dreadful’, the series is expected to start shooting in London later this year, and it is hoped that Mendes will direct the first episode. US TV network Showtime will be broadcasting the series, and has ordered the show to series with Logan overseeing the writing.
Described as “psychosexual horror”, the series will be a period piece detective story. Set in 1880’s London, the series will see fictional characters investigating supernatural events. Names like Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, Dr Frankenstein and his creature have already been hinted at appearing in the series.
The synopsis goes like this: The series draws from famous works of literature, posing that some of the most terrifying protagonists — Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, Dracula’s Van Helsing and more — come together in Victorian London.
THR reported: “[Logan] has been obsessed with monsters in literature since childhood. It’s a show he’s always wanted to do and I’ve been wooing him to Showtime for a long time,”Showtime president David Nevins told critics. “It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded; the characters are are in very human form in turn of the century London. There will be one central point, but it’s a fairly ensemble series in the way Downton Abbey is an ensemble.”
Nevins also said: “It’s very psychological and highly erotic.”
Sounds very interesting indeed. More on this as it develops.