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Mark H. Harris

Psycho and Dracula Being Developed into TV Series

By January 16, 2012

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It seems the new trend in Hollywood is to adapt big-screen movies for the small screen. On the heels of NBC announcing its plans for a Hannibal Lecter TV show comes word that the network is also developing a series based on the legendary vampire character Dracula. The 1897 Bram Stoker novel has been adapted dozens of times over that past century-plus -- most notably by Bela Lugosi in the iconic 1931 Universal film Dracula -- but this 21st century TV version, according to Deadline, aims to be more of a supernatural soap opera, described as "Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors". No doubt the new Dracula is also inspired by the success of recent vampire TV shows True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.

The series is conceived and produced by Tony Krantz, who produced a 2004 Vincent Perez-Parker Posey TV movie based on another classic Gothic horror tale --Frankenstein -- as well the short-lived Raw Feed series of direct-to-video flicks of 2006 to 2008: including Alien Raiders, the Rest Stop films, Believers and a pair that Krantz directed himself: Otis and Sublime.

Meanwhile, A&E is developing a TV show based on Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic film Psycho. Like NBC's Hannibal Lecter series, the AMC show, titled Bates Motel, will trace the early days of the iconic serial killer. Specifically, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the show revolves around the "back story of the film's killer, learning of how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged him, transforming him into serial-killing motel owner." Sounds intriguing, if not a bit depressing.

Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter

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