Following his time as showrunner on Doctor Who and being the co-creator on Sherlock (pictured above), Steven Moffat is working next on an adaptation of Dracula. While that’s exciting, it also looks as though you shouldn’t start marking your calendar for it in the immediate future.
Speaking at a new panel discussion with fellow Doctor Who alum Russell T. Davies, Moffat made it clear that this potential series may not air until all the way until 2020. To go along with that, he and fellow Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss have already started work on the script, and it will be of a very similar structure to Sherlock in that it will consist of a few 90-minute episodes as opposed to something that lasts for a lengthy period of time.
Does having only three episodes seem like a super-short season? Sure, but put this into a slightly different perspective for a moment here. Three episodes of 90 minutes is basically the equivalent of six episodes that run 45 minutes, which is still longer than the average broadcast drama airs here in the United States.
As for the future status of Sherlock itself, it doesn’t feel as though anyone is in a hurry to make that happen. If Dracula is potentially coming in 2020, it may not be until 2021 or later until a fifth season of the Benedict Cumberbatch – Martin Freeman series happens … provided that it even happens at all. As of right now the biggest thing that is working out schedules and figuring out if there is another story to tell. The end of season 4 largely reset the series, but in general the product could use a little bit of creative tinkering. The fourth season was polarizing for some and may have been a bit more mentally complex than it really needed to be, all things considered.
Once there is some more news to report on when it comes to either Sherlock or Dracula, we will be sure to let you know. For now, though, just be sure to like CarterMatt on Facebook to get some more of the latest insight. (Photo: BBC.)