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NBC Orders Dracula From The Producers of Downton Abbey Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

NBC has given a 10-episode series order to Dracula, a series inspired by the classic Bram Stoker character starring The Tudos’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character.  NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association fall TV previews.

The series will introduce Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he’s seeking revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

Dracula is from the producers behind the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit Downton Abbey, Carnival Films & Television, along with Flame Ventures and Playground, and will begin production later this year.

A bit more details and who is specifically involved, Dracula is based on a script by co-executive producer Cole HaddonThe series will be executive-produced by former president of HBO Films and Emmy winner Colin Callender (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby) for Playground, Tony Krantz (24, Sports Night) for Flame Ventures, Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey) for Carnival Films & Television (part of NBC Universal International Television Production), Anne Mensah for Sky, and Universal Television. Reece Pearson from Flame Ventures is also co-executive producer.

Michael Edelstein, President, NBC Universal International Television Production, said: “We are delighted that Jonathan Rhys Meyers has chosen this project to return to television and have built an amazing team of producers behind the camera to deliver this extraordinary show. Since 1897, the story of Dracula has captivated readers and viewers alike and this sexy, updated twist on the classic also promises not to disappoint.”

Mensah, Sky’s Head of Drama, commented: “I am so pleased to be announcing our first-ever co-production with NBC Universal and we are delighted to be bringing an actor as exciting as Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Sky. DRACULA combines the biggest and best talent both in front of and behind the camera and will keep our customers intrigued and enthralled. With its dark, twisted and intelligent script it absolutely sets the scale, tone and ambition for future dramas on Sky Living.”

So what do you think of a new Dracula series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers?  Thumbs up or down?  Let us know!

 

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Definitely two thumbs up!! I’ll certainly watch it (especially on NBC).

Leigh York
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Leigh York

Loved Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors! Will definitely be watching his new show.

Carol
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Carol

The pedigree of the program is great, but do we really need ANOTHER vampire themed show on television. I’m running out of blood. Actually, ran out and tuned out, long ago.

barbara t. Loves one life to live
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barbara t. Loves one life to live

Oh my god I love this guy, He will be a perfect Dracula, He was so good in the tutors as a very naughty King Henry the 8th.I loved the Movie Bram Stokers, DRACULA.

MOST DEFINITELY THUMBS UP

Cindy
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Cindy

STILL miss The Tudors!!!

Cheryl
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Cheryl

Definitely a thumbs UP!!!!!!!!!! Loved JRM in The Tudors!!!!!!!!!! The plot sounds sweet and JRM will be fantastic!!!!! Excited to see this series!!!!!! 🙂

susan M.
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susan M.

I have no opinion on this yet.. Haven’t seen this series… I watch the shows I have always watched…That’s enough for me…….

*Christine*
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*Christine*

Nothing wrong with the talent or the premise really, but it just shows that Hollywood is running out of NEW ideas. So sad.

lisa
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lisa

I actually haven’t watched ANY of the vampire shows currently on television.
But I liked Jonathan Rhys Meyers in The Tudors and I think I will watch this one.

MBmomof3
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Ooooooh, this could be good:-)

Jan
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Jan

They picked the right guy!

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‘Downton Abbey 2’: Big-Screen Sequel Announced & Coming For Christmas

So many of us loved the soap opera that was Downton Abbey when it aired on PBS and ITV for six seasons.  Then, a few years later in 2019, the highly-awaited Downton Abbey movie hit movie theatres near you.

Now comes word from Focus Features that a big-screen sequel is in the works and is slated for release this Christmas in December of 2021.

In a social media announcement, the film company shared: “We’re thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining! See the film in theaters this Christmas.”

While, of course, no plot has been teased or given away, Fellowes will write the screenplay, with Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) set to direct.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, (producer) Gareth Neame and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawleys back home for their fans,” said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawsk in a statement.

So, excited to see your favorites and some potential new ones in the all-new Downton Abbey Movie later this year? Comment below.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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‘Downton Abbey’ The Movie Releases Its First Trailer

Now here’s a huge teaser that will get you wanting to see more!  Those of us who loved the British period soap opera, Downton Abbey, which came to a conclusion after its sixth season on PBS here in the United States, will finally get their wish when the film version hits in 2019.

As previously reported, the series executive producer Gareth Naeme said about the film,  “We aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Look for the film to land in movie theatres on Friday, September 20th, 2019, with it debuting internationally the week prior on Friday, September 13th.

Most of the cast is intact including: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, David Haig, Geraldine James, Robert James-Collier, Simon Jones, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lesley Nicol, Kate Phillips, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton.

Julian Fellowes once again writes the script for the film for the characters he created for the TV series.

Now check out the first trailer below, when just hearing that memorable opening theme song, it brought us back to the drama and the romance of Downton Abbey.

Let us know if you are thrilled to know that the movie is set for release …. and if you are looking forward to seeing what happens to the Crawleys and others in the next chapter of their story when the movie comes your way via the comment section below.

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