This fall, NBC will unleash its new remake of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire saga Dracula on Friday night TV audiences. The Tudors‘ Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the titular character in the series, which has a fair share of diversions from Stoker’s text.
Says executive producer Tony Krantz (24), “We’ve made a number of alterations with regard to the classic Dracula.” One of the biggest twists? In this new take, which premieres Oct. 25 at 10 p.m., Dracula works alongside Van Helsing (played by The River‘s Thomas Kretschmann). “In our tale, Dracula and Van Helsing are actually partners,” reveals Krantz. “They’ve partnered up to fight a bigger bad, which is called The Order of the Dragon, a secret organization. This is an order of right-wing zealots who cursed Dracula and turned him into a vampire years ago. We flash forward to today to Victorian England where Dracula has assumed the alter ego of an American inventor by the name of Alexander Grayson. He has come to England to essentially avenge the fact that he was turned into a monster years ago.”
For those of you attending Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego, NBC will be showing a new trailer for Dracula after the Grimm panel.