Showtime has given a series commitment to a new drama from Skyfall duo John Logan and Sam Mendes, says The Hollywood Reporter.
“Penny Dreadful,” which starts shooting in London later this year, is a period piece the network is describing as a “psychosexual horror.” Logan, the creator and writer, is joined by Neal Street’s Mendes and Pippa Harris as EPs.
“The series draws from famous works of literature, posing that some of the most terrifying protagonists — Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, Dracula’s Van Helsing and more — come together in Victorian London.“
THR continues: “[Logan] has been obsessed with monsters in literature since childhood. It’s a show he’s always wanted to do and I’ve been wooing him to Showtime for a long time,” Nevins told critics. “It’s very realistic, it’s very grounded; the characters are are in very human form in turn of the century London. There will be one central point, but it’s a fairly ensemble series in the way Downton Abbey is an ensemble.”
Nevins told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena that the drama would be fast-tracked for a 2014 premiere and film in London with a cast that would likely include familiar faces and newcomers alike.