<i>Carnivàle</i> Creator Dan Knauf to Head Up NBC's <i>Dracula</i>

Carnivàle creator (and occasional comic-book writer) Daniel Knauf will serve as showrunner and head writer for NBC's upcoming supernatural drama Dracula, Deadline reports.

He'll work with creator Cole Haddon on the 10-episode retelling of Bram Stoker's classic novel, described as "Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors." Produced for NBC and the U.K.’s Sky Living, Dracula follows the vampire (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors) as he arrives in 1890s London, posing as an American entrepreneur who desires to introduce modern science to Victorian society. But secretly the Count is plotting revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier — that is, until he falls hopelessly in love with a woman who appears to be the reincarnation of his dead wife.

Based on an idea by Tony Krantz, the drama is produced by Krantz’s Flame Ventures, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Universal TV and NBCU International Productions’ Carnival Films & Television, the company behind the hit Downton Abbey.

Knauf, who co-wrote issues of Marvel's Iron Man and The Eternals with his son Charles, also has been a writer and producer for Standoff, My Own Worst Enemy and Spartacus: Vengeance.

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