Genre-happy NBC has brought in Dan Knauf to be the head writer and showrunner of their upcoming Dracula series. Knauf is best known for being the creator of HBO's short-lived cult drama Carnivale. The show, which only ran for two seasons before being unceremoniously canceled, dealt with a strange traveling carnival and an evil preacher whose paths were destined to intertwine (you know, had the show not been canned) and was set across the Dustbowl of the 1930s.
This work with period pieces will come in handy for Dracula, which is set in 1890s London. An ambitious project for NBC (and a half-dozen British companies it is co-producing with), who is also developing Hannibal and The Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, Dracula stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Velvet Goldmine) as Dracula, who "arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife."