Great news for horror genre fans like myself… SHOWTIME has officially picked up a new series called PENNY DREADFUL from SAM MENDES and JOHN LOGAN. If these names don’t ring a bell right away, they darn well should… SAM MENDES directed JARHEAD, AMERICAN BEAUTY and the most recent Bond movie SKYFALL. JOHN LOGAN probably being the lesser known name of the two but equally incredible, wrote GLADIATOR (one of my favorite movies), THE LAST SAMURAI, HUGO, SKYFALL and will write the next two Bond movies.
It has been confirmed that JOHN LOGAN will write all episodes of the show (!) and there is every intention for SAM MENDES to direct in the duo’s first crack at a television series. The title ‘PENNY DREADFUL’ refers to the old 19th century cheap British serial novels sold on the streets for a penny. The show will be a LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN or VAN HELSING-esque teaming of Dracula, Van Helsing, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray among others. The show will be set in Victorian-era London and will allegedly bring a big dose of humanity to the often-caricatured literary figures.
Production starts in the back half of 2013 and is slated to premiere in 2014. While there have been a lot of goofy movies filmed on the similar topic, I would imagine that a duo who can gross over a billion dollars with SKYFALL can’t go wrong.
MIDWEST MARK is very excited about this.
The official press release:
Some of literature’s most iconic figures will step into the light on SHOWTIME in PENNY DREADFUL, a psychosexual horror series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar(R) nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) and Neal Street’s Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. PENNY DREADFUL will begin production in London in the second half of 2013.
In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation. This project marks Logan and Mendes’ second major collaboration, following Skyfall, their recent critically-acclaimed and box office record-breaking James Bond film, which Mendes directed and Logan co-wrote; and their first ever collaboration for television. The project will be produced by Mendes’ production company Neal Street Productions.
“John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our time,” said Nevins. “The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show.”
Anybody else excited to see this? Discuss!