Showtime orders monster mash-up from 'Skyfall' writer

Mockingbird Lane might be dead on NBC, but a monster mash-up series is still coming to TV thanks to Showtime.

The network has given a series commitment to Penny Dreadful, a new program where famous literary characters — including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The show will be written and executive produced by John Logan — the extremely accomplished screenwriter of titles like Gladiator, Aviator and last year’s Skyfall. Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is also an executive producer and may direct the first episode.

“It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded,” Showtime entertainment president David Nevins said of the show. “The characters are all in very human form in turn-of-the-century London. It’s very psychological and highly erotic.”

That last quote prompts images of Dracula and Frankenstein … well, you know. Though NBC passed on continuing Mockingbird beyond its Halloween special/backdoor pilot, the broadcaster is making its version of Dracula starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, so expect plenty of comparisons between these two projects.

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