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NBC sinks teeth into ‘Dracula’ drama

13 episodes ordered with Rhys Meyers to star

NBC has greenlighted a 10-episode drama series based on Dracula with “Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the title role.

“Dracula” is a co-production of Universal Television U.K. network Sky Living, Flame Ventures, Playground Entertainment and Carnival Films & Television, the shingle that produced “Downton Abbey” under the auspices of NBCUniversal International TV Production.

Peacock ordered a “Dracula” script in July with an eye on pursuing the same model it employed for another international co-production, “Hannibal,” from Gaumont International Television. As with that midseason drama, NBC agreed to forego a pilot and order 13 episodes if it liked the script.

“Dracula” executive producers are Playground’s Colin Callender (“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby”), Flame’s Tony Krantz (“Sports Night”), Carnival’s Gareth Neame (“Abbey”) and Sky’s Anne Mensah. Co-executive producers are Reece Pearson and Cole Haddon, who wrote the script.

Haddon, who also created the series, wrote “Hyde” for Dark Horse and Skydance and recently sold “Savage Planet” to Sony with Matt Tolmach producing. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous.

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